Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Aug 2010 14:55 UTC, submitted by anilg
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The Nexenta Core Platform marches on with the release of version 3.0 of the OpenSolaris based distribution, based on b134. It has also officially unveiled plans of moving from OpenSolaris to Illumos, the fully open branch of OpenSolaris. It will also now plan on moving to a new userland release. Grab the iso here.
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RE[3]: I have to admit
by Dubhthach on Sun 22nd Aug 2010 11:36 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: I have to admit"
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Well I think the illumos guys at the moment are working on just having a booting system. It just shows though that Sun could have easily replaced the closed bits of libc by tasking 1-2 engineers to it. Garrett basically replaced it in a couple weeks of work all by himself. Perhaps Sun preferred that certain elements were kept closed source as it force the maintenance of an umbilical cord where 3rd party distro's were dependent on Sun to continue releasing the closed binary bits with each update.

Regarding Broadcom, I would think part of the issue here is no one has raised a bugfix/change request to incorporate bwn. If it was raised and relevant links pointed to OpenBSD/FreeBSD you might get a quicker turn around. (Emphasis on *Might*) Illumos do have a feature request list, I see for example they've added extra support for different Marvell Nic's to yge.

I myself refuse to buy laptops with Broadcom chips in them since I had a similar issue with Linux back in 2004. My solution was to buy an Intel mini-pcie wireless card (2915abg) card and install it. Result I had a Athlon64 laptop with intel wireless :-) which worked out of box with whatever *nix I put on it.

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