We've pushed out the next episode of The JBoss Diaries with Marc Fleury interviewing Scott Stark. In this episode, Scott talks about his beginnings with JBoss, his insane fascination with enterprise security, and current issues with Professional Open Source Development.
We released another installment in the JBoss Labs Podcast where we interview Norman Richards, author of JBoss: A Developers Notebook, XDoclet in Action, and JBoss 4.0 The Official Guide. In this episode we discuss JBoss books currently on the market, which books are right for who, and what JBoss books are in the works. Also, Norman gives pointers to those in the community on how to write Professional Open Source books and articles.
This is the first audio podcast in the Profile of a Professional Open Source Committer series. You can view/hear the podcasts by either downloading iTunes then after installing subscribing to the feed using this link or just visiting the Podcast section on JBoss Labs.
First, the facts: We've introduced Podcasts at JBoss, and they can be found at our community development web site, JBoss Labs. JBoss Podcasts will cover video and audio training for open source software as well as interviews with professional open source developers.
Click here if you aren't familiar with podcasts. To subscribe to the podcast cut and paste the URL to the feed into your iTunes podcasts subscriptions. It's a video, so you will need the latest iTunes 6.0.1. You can also view the video with your browser. You just need to make sure that you have the latest version of Quicktime installed. Future podcasts will be just audio in addition to more video entries.Now, why:
Like many computer geeks, I've a voracious appetite for science fiction. On a recent trip to do a J2EE training, I decided I'd try out this trend called podcasting. Well, I'd tried it before, but I'd never really taken the time to peruse the iTunes podcast library and spend a few minutes concentrating on choosing and subscribing to podcasts which sound interesting. I read the blog BoingBoing quite frequently, and one of their primary contributors is a keen sci-fi author, Cory Doctorow. He's been talking about doing a series of spoken-word podcasts of his in-progress short fiction. So, I clicked to his site, craphound.com (named as such due to his constant collecting of junk), and found his link to the podcast feed. I snarfed up the link and jammed it into iTunes, along with several other podcasts that looked interesting: A few on Dr. Who, a couple on developing SOA, and a few public radio news feeds.
On that trip, I only listened to maybe two podcasts, but three weeks later the video iPod came out. I checked again. I looked into my podcasts subscription and found that I'd been downloading all the sci-fi and others for three weeks now. I added a couple movies, and clicked "Get".
Now, another plane ride, I slipped on the ear-buds and clicked on "After the Siege" and "When SysAdmins Ruled the Earth" by Doctorow. Fifteen episodes later, I was hooked. Now I'm listening all the time, and I can't wait to get into the videos. There are hundreds of podcast feeds that are being published by individuals as well as corporations, all discussing what interests them the most. It's a great way to find out what people are talking about, outside of blogs, and with time-shifting built in. Since I never watch TV and spend my time with the wife and kids when I get home, this is the only way to catch up with forms of media other than written word. And I can do it on the road.
At JBoss Labs, our focus is enhancing community open source communication. We want to help professional open source developers get the recognition they deserve and help them communicate their ideas. The podcasts I've been listening to are primarily created by the community for the community. They are developers talking about their ideas and they are forward thinkers speaking their minds about how they believe technology will affect us. The first episode of JBoss Labs Podcasts embodies the type of information that we want to communicate: What it means to be a Professional Open Source Developer.
We are going to add at least three more channels in addition to the current video feed:
Any project on Labs can publish a podcast; however, the Labs Team will do what we can to get every Labs project's lead interviewed and some personalized training podcasts for their work. After all, most of them are putting everything they have into their project. Let's find out who they are and make it easy for all those other professional open sourcers on the move to learn about their work.
To that point:
Thanks to Adam Warski of the Shotoku project for all his hard work, and to Pawel Wrzeszcz, the latest member of JBoss Labs.
Recent inquiries have indicated confusion on the date and reasons around the move of the JBoss CVS repository on SourceForge to a dedicated public repository. The CVS repository on SourceForge was moved to a collocated set of servers at InterNAP in Atlanta Georgia on April 23rd of 2005. Due to the size of the repository and the time that the community was spending waiting on repository transactions, JBoss moved its CVS repository to a set of servers which have both hardware and network infrastructure dedicated completely to its intended use.
JBoss publicly announced this move before it took place and notified the open source community of the change in infrastructure and process. Also, all documentation explaining how to access the public CVS repository was updated at the time of the move. See:
The above document states how to access the repositories, both committer and anonymous. Both repositories are identical and synchronized. They were both created from an archive delivered from SourceForge.net. All historical information was preserved.
JBoss' CVS Repository was, is, and always will be open to the public. JBoss is dedicated to providing the best service possible and the move of the repository guarantees the community has rapid access to all JBoss source code.
JBoss maintains its relationship with SourceForge and this move was in no way a negative statement towards SourceForge. We continue to host our development and user mailing lists at SourceForge. Additionally, all community development at JBoss will continue to integrate with SourceForge repositories whenever necessary.
To reiterate, the JBoss CVS Repository was moved six months ago and in no way did that move correlate with recent activities of certain members of the community.