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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RE[2]: Comment by kaiwai
by kaiwai on Tue 3rd Aug 2010 08:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by kaiwai"
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Looks like Garrett is working on it. I wouldn't be surprised if they will pull in stuff like this via *BSD.

As for the project. If Garrett is the lead then I think it should be very interesting. He is definitely one of the main kernel hackers doing code commits to OpenSolaris over the last 2-3years. He designed and implemented "Boomer" which is the new sound system which exposes an OSSv4 API. He's also done alot of driver work.

There was a move to port the BSD implementation over to OpenSolaris:

But it pretty much died around a year ago with no code every moving from simply some proof of concepts into reality. Garrett has done a heck of a lot of work so far - hopefully we'll see more people jump on the bandwagon and maybe provide a donation link as well because I know I'll be more than happy to donate $500 once I get working full time (once I graduate university).

I wonder whether there will be a move to get behind LLVM as the default compiler for illumos given how much backing LLVM is getting especially from Apple - although from what I understand its lacking SPARC support. With that being said I'd say the majority of illumos users will end up being x86 users anyway.

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