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NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 20 June 2007 NYLUG: J. Paul Reed on the Unleashing

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Subject: NYC LOCAL: Wednesday 20 June 2007 NYLUG: J. Paul Reed on the Unleashing of Firefox
Date: 18 Jun 2007 02:22:58 -0400

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 Subject: [nylug-announce] NYLUG Genl. Mtg June 20: J. Paul Reed on Releasing 
Open Source Software at Scale: Keeping Firefox Running on Millions of Desktops

 Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
 76th 9th Ave., b/w 15th and 16th St.
 4th Floor, enter near 16th Street

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                               J. Paul Reed
                  Releasing Open Source Software at Scale:
             Keeping Firefox Running on Millions of Desktops

   In commercial software development, the role of a build/release
   engineer can differ widely among organizations.  In open source
   software, the role is often minimal, if it exists at all.

   But for consumer-oriented open source projects, like Mozilla's Firefox
   and Thunderbird, turning a thirty megabyte source tarball into
   something that mom, dad, and your boyfriend can use takes someone
   polishing those bits and running them across the finish line.

   Do it simultaneously for three platforms in over forty languages, mix
   in automatic updates to millions of users' desktops, and you have: open
   source software engineering at scale.

   We'll explore:

   * What role a build/release engineer plays in an open source context

   * How it's a different one from its closed-source sibling

   * Why it's an important one (even in open source)

   * Differences between releasing a web browser and releasing other
     large-scale open source projects (like the kernel or Apache), and

   * How a group of worldwide volunteers fits in to releasing software
     to millions.

   Plus, war stories, "gotchas" learned after interacting directly with
   millions of desktop computers, plenty of time for questions, and

   Further Information:


 About J. Paul Reed
   J. Paul Reed (affectionately/infamously known as Preed) began his
   tenure on the Netscape Build Team at the tender age of 18, just months
   after the "Lizard was Freed" in 1998.

   After studying software engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, he
   joined VMware's build/release team, helping to ship their their
   enterprise ESX and popular Workstation products. In 2005, he came
   full circle, and doubled the size of the Mozilla Corporation's release

   As the release module owner, he has helped to ship every release of
   Firefox and Thunderbird, simultaneously on three platforms in over
   forty languages, including playing playing lead release monkey for the
   flagship Firefox 2.0 launch. In reality, it's the team of five MozCorp
   build engineers around the world and a community of hundreds that make
   it possible... he's just along for the ride.

   When he's not pushing bits out the door, getting his blog slashdotted,
   or locking the build tree, he spends his time piloting Cessnas around
   the pristine California skies, attempting to make edible food without
   burning down his apartment, and is forever trying to catch up on his
   RSS feed reader.

 Meeting Location
   Please note that this meeting will be held at Google, 76 9th Ave,
   4th floor, between 15th and 16th Streets, and not at IBM. This is
   the old Port Authority Building, and takes up the entire block.
   You want the entrance nearest 16th Ave.


 Free Refreshments!
   Google is also graciously providing refreshments during the
   meeting. For those of us here in the east who aren't used to a
   "Google spread", you're in for quite a treat. "New Google
   Cafeteria Crushes Competitors" Cafeterias" (New York Magazine)

   Our friends at Prentice-Hall kindly provide us with review copies
   of various new titles.  One of these could be yours, all you have
   to do is agree to review the book within a reasonable period of

 Swag (Give Away)
   During/after the meeting... unusually terrific swag may be given

   After the meeting ... Many of us have been meeting over at the
   Hog Pit starting around 8:15-8:30.
   22 Ninth Avenue at 13th Street, New York, New York 10014

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