Announcing the OpenSolaris Immigrants Community

30 Mar '06 - 21:07 by benr

Today we've opened up a new OpenSolaris community: the OpenSolaris Immigrants Community. (Read my announcement on OS-Announce.)

We thought "immigrant" might be a welcome change from the conentations of the word "migration", and perhaps further reaching. In this community we'll endevor to assist and guide though who are experienced with other OS's but want to give OpenSolaris or Solaris a spin around the block. There are plenty of good reasons to seriously look at Solaris, reguardless of your personal feelings about the OS, and for both those eager to try it and those reluctant, we want to try as best we can to make the process as painless as possible.

I think the biggest hurdle for a lot of us is asking for help or suggestions. The longer we've been around and the better known we are in the community the less eger we are to shoot a quick mail out asking for details on how this or that works. Who wants to put their ego on the line? But thats a bullshit attitude. Trust me, I suffer from it too, I waste hours finding out how to do something that turns out really simple just because I didn't want to look like a dope asking a question. Even the engineers in the kernel group at Sun don't know how half of Solaris works because they don't work on that part of it. And so I think its high time there was a place where experienced and knowledgable admins, users, and developers could go for help to problems with adjusting to OpenSolaris without fear of getting the dreaded "n00b" responce. There is plenty of that kind of flamage in the Linux community to cover the entire industry.

I look at it like this. I'm a pretty smart guy, I hope, and I know Solaris better than your average bear. If I can't figure out how to do something, how in the hell should I expect someone new on the street to figure it out? I really want to pound this into people: if its difficult or strange or odd to YOU, I'll guarrentee you that its even stranger and more diffiult for at least a dozen other people. It is a far greater show of self confidence to stick you head out and ask "Why can't I find /etc/exports?" then to sit on your thumbs and just give up. Giving up and walking away is real n00b behaviour, reguardless of what your skill level or pay scale is.

Therefore, if you've got questions or suggestions or insights, I really really really want you to share them with the community so that we all can benefit. And, in addition to posting, just lurk around and help out a fellow user, developer, or admin with their questions and share your experiences.

I know I might sound like some dope with a daisy in his hair raving about brotherly love like some kind of brain dead hippy (to which there are solutions), but helping each other and working together is what seperates us from them. The UNIX community as a whole (or *NIX if you prefer), reguadless of varient, has a history, from the very beginnings, of working together, sharing, collaborating, and building on eachothers work, and that is the basis of our shared culture and what I think is perhaps the single most important backbone of the OpenSolaris project. Flames are stupid and non-productive... solutions, shared experiences, and encouragement build up the entire community and make things more productive and a hell of a lot more fun, and that is what this is all about, and that is even more important than the code itself. I get it. Sun gets it. And if your still reading this, you get it... now we have a new place to share it.


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