Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Sep 2017 22:16 UTC
Oracle and SUN

Remember, back in December 2016, when there were rumours Oracle was killing Solaris? And how a month later, Solaris effectively switched to maintenance mode, and then to a "continuous deliver model"?

The news from the ex-Sun community jungle drums is that the January rumours were true and Oracle laid off the core talent of the Solaris and SPARC teams on Friday. That surely has to mean a maintenance-only future for the product range, especially with Solaris 12 cancelled. A classic Oracle "silent EOL", no matter what they claim.

With the hardware deprecated, my guess is that's the last of the Sun assets Oracle acquired written off. Just how good were Oracle's decisions on buying Sun?

Sun's Solaris is dead.

Bryan Cantrill on this news (this Bryan Cantrill):

As had been rumored for a while, Oracle effectively killed Solaris on Friday. When I first saw this, I had assumed that this was merely a deep cut, but in talking to Solaris engineers still at Oracle, it is clearly much more than that. It is a cut so deep as to be fatal: the core Solaris engineering organization lost on the order of 90% of its people, including essentially all management.


Judging merely by its tombstone, the life of Solaris can be viewed as tragic: born out of wedlock between Sun and AT&T and dying at the hands of a remorseless corporate sociopath a quarter century later. And even that may be overstating its longevity: Solaris may not have been truly born until it was made open source, and - certainly to me, anyway - it died the moment it was again made proprietary. But in that shorter life, Solaris achieved the singular: immortality for its revolutionary technologies. So while we can mourn the loss of the proprietary embodiment of Solaris (and we can certainly lament the coarse way in which its technologists were treated!), we can rejoice in the eternal life of its technologies - in illumos and beyond!

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and open source Java and open source ZFS and OpenSolaris and OpenOffice and a long list of cool projects and tons of open source friendliness.

Don't get me wrong, Schwartz was a terrible CEO from an economic point of view, but for us, the community, he was like Jesus, he really believed in open source and contributed with the cause. Honestly, I think he was a good guy and you cannot be a good CEO and a good guy at the same time! xD

Regarding Solaris, well, it's sad, the best enterprise OS ever created death in the hands of the most mediocre IT company in the world. But We, Sun fans and Solaris users, already knew this since 2009. Oracle is f*ing cancer no more no less, capitalism in its most pure state. ;)

I also find it sad that a company that gave so much to the industry was not able to stay viable. The industry is consolidating so much that it's not enough just to keep building good technology, you have to play the offensive and take others out of the game before they take you out. This process continues until there are a couple corporations running the show.

At least we have antitrust laws that kick in at 50%, but by that point most in the market have already been slaughtered. This is the future we have to look forward to ;)

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