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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targetnovember
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2010-04-27

I can see OpenSolaris as still a bit useful, even if it didn't develop a community of developers outside Oracle. Assuming OpenSolaris is still the basis for Solaris 11, it's sort of like a big open beta test. The changes of CDE to Gnome, adption of a modern package system with online repositories, and switching to X.org for graphics are major changes that update Solaris. Solaris is the most approachable and easiest to use proprietary Unix available. There's no crazy hardware to find and getting discs of the OS is easy. I'd imagine more non-enterprise programs work on Solaris than HP/UX or AIX. It's pretty approachable.

It's unfortunate OpenSolaris never got a vibrant developer community outside Oracle, and is still dependent. On the other hand, I can't think that Sun/Oracle lost much making Solaris open source without one. Oracle can still say, "here, see the latest work we're doing, play with all the technology we offer, and if you're interested, ask us about our hardware and services that take full advantage . . . blah blah . . synergy . . . whatever." Seems like it could pay off, and it wouldn't be expensive or difficult. Then again, Oracle might not work that way, and Oracle might not care.

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