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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My opinion is that Oracle doesn't actually care about Solaris either. I think Oracle wants to be a one-stop shop and doesn't care if the customers buy Linux as long as it moves them closer to buying OracleDB.

The server world is converging around Linux and Windows Server on x86. I really don't see Ellison trying to stop that convergence.

I see that Ellison stops that convergence.

Larry has said that Linux is for lowend, and Solaris is for highend. He also said that OracleDB is run on Solaris, more than Linux or any other OS. Also, OracleDB is first developed on Solaris and then ported to other OSes, maybe because of DTrace (several Firefox developers have switched from Linux to Solaris just because of DTrace):
"I deleted the Ubuntu partition that I had. Now I’m using Solaris. It’s much nicer to use, except for the fonts. I don’t think I can work on Mozilla without DTrace ever again. Too useful."
"The Solaris operating system is by far the best Unix technology available in the market," Ellison said.
"We think it will be a long time before Linux ever catches up," Ellison said.
"I love Linux. We're big supporters of Linux, [but] Solaris is an older and more capable operating system," Ellison said.

So the conclusion is clear. Ellison thinks Solaris is superior to Linux and targets it as a highend OS (which it is). I do think he cares about Solaris, especially because he said in the second link:
"In explaining his decision to make the acquisition today, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison boiled down Sun into a company of two key assets: Java and the Solaris operating system."

So, yes, he cares about Solaris and he is betting on it. He is increasing research and development, more than Sun ever had - he has said this officially.

But regarding OpenSolaris, it is a different thing. We will see what happens when we see an official statement from Oracle. But we can see in the source code that OpenSolaris is rapid developed, maybe to be released as Solaris 11? There are frenetic activity going on in the source code today. Development has not stopped. You can check it out and compile if you want the latest build. There are no ISO files, but you can create one.

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