“I have never built my own kernel.” — Glynn Foster, The Face of Sun Microsystems
There’s a story behind my nickname for Glynn, which goes back to Sun’s first steps into the GNOME community. Even though a few Sun folks had been scoping out the project for a while, in the very early stages of their participation, Sun in general seemed every bit the wallflower at the school formal. The Sun developers just weren’t dancing. They were huddling around the edges of the floor, shuffling their feet and staring into their cups.
Then along came Glynn. He could do the Mashed Potato. He put a face to the faceless corporation, and slowly brought the other desktop hackers out from their cubes.
He achieved the very best thing a corporation participating in an Open Source project could hope for: He became one of us. Not just a Sun guy working on GNOME, but a GNOME guy.
The OpenSolaris Governance Board would benefit greatly from what Glynn has learned and achieved over the last five or so years in GNOME. He’s also an awesome dude, and communities really need awesome dudes.