Twice a year, Sun invites their Sun Fellows, Sun Distinguished Engineers and many Principal Engineers, Sales Engineers and Consultants to an offsite meeting, usually in California and this time in the Chaminade in Santa Cruz. For the first time, we now had MySQLers present -- and over 20 of us.
The purpose of the meeting is to share new trends, new technologies, and new ideas across Sun's wide spectrum spanning everything from the bare metal of the Niagara system through other aspects of system all the way to software.
I was fortunate enough to be given the opportunity to describe MySQL the Product, MySQL the Business and MySQL the Culture, in a long 90 minute day session in front of all the audience. Our Product, Business and Culture were described by a six-headed panel, with Jim Starkey, Jan Kneschke, Michael "Monty" Widenius, Mikael RonstrÃƒÂ¶m, Igor Babaev and Serg Golubchik.
MySQLers in general were very well received, despite our loud newbie comments about how to "properly" address Open Source issues and develop Free Software.
There's plenty of time to talk one-on-one, and a multitude of Birds-of-a-Feather sessions. We might have been excessive in the amount of MySQL related BOF sessions offered, as I at one point had to ask a colleague where "the Sun BOF" was.