It’s been a crazy few weeks. I’ve heard the phrase “drinking from the fire hose” many times, and while I’ve never actually tried to do that, I suspect the experience is something like this. I’m having a blast though. A few quick first impressions:
- First things first: The lead up to the announcement was remarkable—not at all what I expected from a big company. As Jim Grisanzio pointed out, the PR people did a great job coordinating everything, but the bloggers were very much in the lead here. In fact, I was given so little (OK, no) guidance on what “the message” was supposed to be that I sent a draft of what I was going to post to Jonathan, and he replied, no one is allowed to run their posts by me, just speak your mind, that’s what we all do. The message: Sun really is as transparent as it appears from the outside perspective.
- In the other direction, the people here are not only open to the outside perspective, they want to hear it. That’s a big part of the reason I’m here now. Solaris has lost a lot of developer mindshare to Linux over the past 5-10 years. There are important lessons to be learned from that, and we (yes, I feel like it’s “we” already) are intent on doing just that.
- Maybe it’s just the people I’m working with, but this place feels like a startup. There’s a lot of positive energy, a real sense of urgency, and people genuinely seem to love what they’re doing. The difference: It’s a startup with actual resources. You know, like 30,000+ people. A potent combination indeed.
Regular blogging should resume shortly.