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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RE[2]: Shame for great technology
by kaiwai on Wed 14th Jul 2010 00:07 UTC in reply to "RE: Shame for great technology"
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GPL license wouldn't have mattered at all in this case. Sun didn't manage to get a diverse community of contributors for OpenSolaris and insisted on centralized copyright control. Oracle made the situation worse by not following up on promises to the OpenSolaris community and maintaining stone cold silence in response to the OpenSolaris Governance Board making them effectively useless. When a single vendor has such a strong hold on the project, copyright license is least of their worries. OGB is recognizing the fact that they have become mute powerless spectators and taking the right action.


Even so, OpenSolaris was still hugely reliant on Sun for key parts of the operating system which 'Project Emancipation' was meant to 'emancipate' OpenSolaris from Sun but never went anywhere. OpenSolaris is still reliant on Oracle and until those closed source binaries are fully replaced OpenSolaris will never be truly free. It is disappointing that the opening of Solaris started with such a hiss and a roar - here it is now stuck in a quagmire.

In all honesty it is absolutely pathetic, the last post to emancipation mailing list was December 2009 - it really goes to show that rather than Sun actually ever having their heart into transforming Solaris into a truly open source community they seem to have turned the internet as a dumping ground for a product they seem to have lost interest in developing years ago. It is really depressing that something I saw as a possible alternative to the Linux hegemony has crashed and burned so quickly.

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