Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Jul 2010 16:48 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris This morning, at the OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) meeting, the following was proposed and unanimously resolved: "The OGB is keen to promote the uptake and open development of OpenSolaris and to work on behalf of the community with Oracle, as such the OGB needs Oracle to appoint a liaison by August 16, 2010, who has the the authority to talk about the future of OpenSolaris and its interaction with the OpenSolaris community otherwise the OGB will take action at the August 23 meeting to trigger the clause in the OGB charter that will return control of the community to Oracle."
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Ok, that too. Control freakishness of Sun had a play there, but if license was GPL (or at least GPL-compatible, like BSD) then a lot of people would get interested in technology, community would get bigger and Oracle would have two choices: keep OpenSolaris going, or let it go and watch people fork it.

There's plenty of GPL OSs out there that are struggling.
Simply stating that a GPL licence would attract a community is somewhat deluded. Particularly when all that would likely happen would be the popular technologies in OpenSolaris (ZFS, dtrace, etc) would have been gutted and implemented in Linux.

So as things stand, the CDDL licence has potentially brought people to Solaris who were interested in technology and weren't loyal to a platform. And those that refused to move because of loyalties wouldn't have moved anyway.

So Sun used "phuck you Linux" license and even sent their evangelists to talk how CDDL is "more Free" than GPL. That created bad faith and lot of people refused even to look at OpenSolaris code. For example, look what Linux kernel developers said when OpenSolaris was opensourced. Nobody was going to look at it.

But those kind of developers wouldn't have looked at OpenSolaris anyway.
Linux fanboys will stick with Linux. Sun knew this, so they wanted to protect their assets rather than lose their biggest bargaining chips to a developers that are unlikely to switch platforms regardless.

Another example, Debian guys thought about making Debian GNU/sunos - SunOS kernel with GNU user-land - but when they read CDDL, they decided to go with FreeBSD kernel and make Debian GNU/kFreeBSD port. If Debian GNU/Sunos was created, that would lead to lots of bug-fixes and QA for sunos kernel.

A GNU/SunOS does exist. In fact NexentaOS has been around for a few years now and have been well reported on technology sites like this.

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