Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Bio & Affiliation

hey, so this is a little on the late side, but not too late I hope

Disclosure: I currently work for an MS Windows based contracting firm that has no commercial interest in OpenSolaris. I therefore am under no obligations that would prevent me from fully representing the community if elected to the OGB.

Bio: I'm an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Northern BC and a part-time software developer . I joined OpenSolaris approximately 3 or 4 months after the inception of the project, being a former 7 year Linux user. I was drawn to OSol because of the tradition of unrelenting engineering excellence that I knew Sun & her engineers for.
I envision the OGB's primary charter for the time being as being the liaison with the benefactor of OpenSolaris ( that is, Sun ). The OGB ought to be the go-between of Sun's management and the rough-and-tumble of the community. Sun has immense influence on the community as it is a community built around their code, and it's important for the OGB to act on the community's behalf when faced with decisions regarding steering that community ( for example, the recent trademark debacle. I believe the OGB could have had a much more influential role negotiating with Sun during that incident).