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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That's exactly what illumos is working on - i18n is the first (and probably most important) step.
And Garrett actually tries to achieve binary compatibility. :-)

You mean they are rewriting i18n ?

If yes, that's what I said it should be done. Either rewrite the blob or replace it with FreeBSD libc.

If they are just trying to make a interface to bolt the blob on top of it, then that won't work. Oracle will screw the easily that way. If nothing else, Oracle can revoke license for the binary and assert copyright infringement. After all, blobs are proprietary software.

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