Sporting Tasteful T-Shirts

Here’s a piece in eWeek from a guy who liked our OpenSolaris t-shirts at OSCON — Free Java: Sun Struggles to Come to Terms with Open Source. I’m not what they were wearing up there, but the OpenSolaris stuff is quite nice — especially from the launch. I like the black ones best. But if you like white, I see you can order some new OpenSolaris items online now — US, Europe.

Anyway, from the article:

This year’s OSCON was OpenSolaris’ coming out party. Sun employees were out in force, sporting tasteful (by tech apparel standards) OpenSolaris t-shirts. The conference also featured a bunch of OpenSolaris-oriented sessions.

However, the people at the conference were talking more about Java’s open-source prospects than about Solaris’ prospects.

After all, the conference attendees seemed to be mostly developers, not operating system people, and developers rely more on Java for their livelihoods than on Solaris.

Yes, we had a bunch of sessions at OSCON, but it wasn’t really our coming out party. The project was born on June 14. That was the party. We just went to OSCON because it was next on the schedule, that’s all. And it was close, too. We were also at LinuxWorld Expo the following week, and we’ll be going to other conferences, as we build out this new community. The fact that there were more Java developers at OSCON than OpenSolaris developers is obvious and does nothing but point to a massive opportunity for us. It’s very cool.

But I don’t get this term “operating system people.” What does that mean? And to say that “developers rely more on Java for their livelihoods than on Solaris” might be true for Java developers — obviously — but it’s not true for Solaris developers. Why isn’t that just as obvious? Aren’t people who write operating systems known as developers? Aren’t people who write applications that run on operating systems known as developers, too?