Linked by David Adams on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 04:00 UTC, submitted by kallisti5
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris A recent vague announcement on osol-announce hints that something big is rumbling for OpenSolaris: "A number of the community leaders from the OpenSolaris community have been working quietly together on a new effort called Illumos, and we're just about ready to fully disclose our work to, and invite the general participation of, the general public." They have a website, and they're going to be hosting a conference call on August 3.
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by kaiwai on Mon 2nd Aug 2010 09:11 UTC
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The problem is that currently they're still hugely dependent on Oracle for i18n in libc and they've yet to create a compatible replacement. Until there is full emancipation or at least some sort of time table so that a full distribution can be created external of Oracle - it'll be a difficult thing to get the traction required. I also wonder that give Oracle's willingness to hold back contributions will result in a second class distribution - and will that also impact on contributors who work for Oracle? will Oracle clamp down on what programmers can work on?

There is also a string of issues that need addressing; HAL being removed, the role of upower/udisk, the lack of external contributors today (or have they been put off by the difficulty of getting code included?), the replacement compiler - LLVM be an option or sticking with GCC? Is there any corporate backing? How much communication has there been with Oracle regarding this fork? are they killing off the OpenSolaris distribution in favour of letting a more community controlled one take shape which won't get hamstrung by internal Oracle politics?

Hopefully when there is the conference 3 August that some of these issues will be addressed because such not only affect developers but also end users as well - end users want to be assured that the time and effort they spent training, using, installing and advocating isn't a waste.

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