Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:44 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris A Computerworld blog speculates that the open-source Unix distribution may live on, but Oracle won't be supporting it. At this point, "OpenSolaris' only real future is as a fork, which would not be easy to pull off. Still, with enough interest from developers it could be done. OpenSolaris is licensed under the GPLv3 CDDL and various other OSS licenses, so the base code is available."
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RE[3]: Huh?
by Fettarme H-Milch on Sat 17th Jul 2010 03:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Huh?"
Fettarme H-Milch
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2010-02-16

Did they really fork it, or just aggregate it differently?

SchiliX was created by cdrecord developer Jörg Schilling who actually replaced many closed source parts with FOSS ones.
He upstreamed his modifications and those are part of OpenSolaris since quite some time.
He is also a member of the OpenSolaris Governing Board and a total jackass (infamous for his anti-Linux/anti-Debian/anti-Anything flamewars and "only my way is right and you're stupid" kind of comments -- very similar to glibc's Ulrich Drepper in this respect).

Opensolaris can only really be forked by former sun/oracle employees.

Why? It's not like Solaris is some totally weird OS. It's just another Unix with some nifty features, but overall not special.
Any somewhat experienced Linux, FreeBSD, ... developer could just as well also work on OpenSolaris or a potential fork.

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