Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 19:14 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Due to me not working for OSNews these past eight weeks, I've been a bit out of the loop, as I didn't really follow technology news. I did notice that a lot is going on in OpenSolaris land, and today, Oracle has outlined what it has planned for Solaris 11 - and according to some, the fears about OpenSolaris' future were justified.
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by kaiwai on Thu 12th Aug 2010 02:17 UTC
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I wonder therefore where Illumos sits in this when one considers whether Oracle will provide patches back to the community or will Solaris and Illumos be developed independently of each other? As much as I admire the work that the Illumos developers are doing I am concerned that Illumos will always be several steps behind Solaris in terms of not only features but code patches as well.

Personally I find the whole attitude regarding the shunting of OpenSolaris to the side seems pretty defeatist if you ask me - they still have failed to address the underlying problem with Solaris and simply recoiling back into proprietary was of doing things isn't going to solve the problem. Solaris's lack of hardware support for example, ancient subsystems finally being replaced (boomer, wireless stack etc) and support for new hardware. The attitude of 'only focus on the server' is also doomed to fail - but retreating further and further up the enterprise ladder than addressing problems seems to be a tradition that'll continue on long after the Sun brand becomes a distant memory.

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