Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 1st Dec 2016 20:41 UTC
Oracle and SUN

There's a rumour going around that Oracle is close to ending all development of Solaris, effectively killing the operating system.

Solaris being canned, at least 50% of teams to be RIF'd in short term. All hands meetings being cancelled on orders from legal to prevent news from spreading. Hardware teams being told to cease development. There will be no Solaris 12, final release will be 11.4. Orders coming straight from Larry.

It's just rumours for now, but they've been gaining steam over the past few days.

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This was obviously coming
by FlyingJester on Thu 1st Dec 2016 23:12 UTC
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This was obviously coming for some time. All of the new Solaris development since Oracle took control has been very meager. As an example, there have been no system ABI changes in the past six+ years (which is why OpenIndiana can run Solaris 11 binaries, and vice versa).

Especially given that Fujitsu is closing down their development of new UltraSparc/Sparc64 processors (they were by far the most active UltraSparc OEMs), and since one of Solaris's best features was great UltraSparc support (better than any other OS, way better than Linux), it makes sense that Solaris development would slow or even stop now.

Edited 2016-12-01 23:13 UTC

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