It’s hard for corporate Web sites to be interesting. My feeling is that generally, you’d like them to make it easy for people to find what they need, and otherwise get out of the way. Having said that, there are two Sun-Web things that, just in the last week, gave me a big smile. First, FOSS Open Hardware Documentation. One of the major obstacles faced by the people who build Free and Open-Source operating systems (i.e. us, the penguinistas, and the BSDers) is getting the hardware builders to publish specs; historically, they’ve been frightened of those weird open-source hippies. Well, we’re a hardware builder, and that page is trying to aggregate all the specs that kernel-builders might need. Simon Phipps tells me that this is a big job, with lots of legal due-diligence, and it’ll never be complete. But at least a good start. Second, check out this screencast about wikis.sun.com. When this went by in the internal email I skipped it—who’d watch a screencast about a wiki? But hey, it’s good, check it out.



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From: Paul Hoffman (Sep 03 2007, at 17:44)

The video about wikis at Sun was humorous. It makes fun of troff (because you need to know the arcane formatting language) and then shows that you can add stuff to wikis if you understand the arcane formatting language. Whoopsie.

Also, if they decide to update the video: at about 5:00, they spell "employees" with an apostrophe, which also shows up a bit later. But they are talking about the plural, not possessive or plural possessive of "employee". I know, copyediting a video is difficult, but not copyediting it can cause picky people to make fun of the output.

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