It took sometime but yesterday it was official: Sun has hired Richard Hall in the Glassfish team! This is good news for Richard, who was looking for just a position like that, Sun, who can clearly use the expertise on OSGi that Richard as one of the foremost OSGi experts provides, Apache Felix because this means that Richard will be able to spend more time on this project, and also good news for the OSGi Alliance that will have one of its key expert group members represent Sun. Rarely is a change positive in so many ways.
I look forward to continue working with Richard in his new role. I hope that Richard's role will mean that Glassfish will become one of the key players in the next OSGi release, they clearly have the experience to match. Though it will be interesting to find out what happens in JSR 277 because Richard is currently an independent member. Will he continue to participate (though participate is a big word with the activity in the last year) or will he be able to actively work in that group (and get the long overdue EDR2 out)? That is still a question mark.
I wish Sun and Richard a very happy and fruitful cooperation and hope to be able to work with Richard for a long time.