Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th May 2008 21:48 UTC, submitted by irbis
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Yesterday, the OpenSolaris team released OpenSolaris 2008.05, the fruit of Project Indiana. The first review we found was published over at Blogbeebe, which is overall fairly positive. At the same time, Practical Technology believes that "OpenSolaris has finally been released just in time to die".
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Novell should convince Sun to use GPL2
by xylifyx on Thu 8th May 2008 14:54 UTC
xylifyx
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2008-05-03

This would be a major break for OpenSolaris and shake the Linux world.

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kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

This would be a major break for OpenSolaris and shake the Linux world.


And how would that help OpenSolaris? drivers? well, they can easily get that from OpenBSD (and other *BSD's for that matter). Drivers is about the only thing I can think of which is holding it back.

One thing I would love to see, however, is opensourcing the compiler stack - now that would be cool; a complete end to end opensource operating system and development tools.

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sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

And how would that help OpenSolaris? drivers? well, they can easily get that from OpenBSD (and other *BSD's for that matter). Drivers is about the only thing I can think of which is holding it back.


I need a good NX client.

But as to drivers, I would think that the driver infrustructures of the two kernels would differ so much that there would be little to be gained by direct sharing of code. And developers can already look to the Linux drivers for information on how the device works, and how to talk to it, as long as they don't copy code.

I would like to see a GPL2/3 OpenSolaris. But I'm not sure how much difference it would actually make. It might make some difference regarding perception among potential developers.

To some extent, I think that would just shift the focus to the joint copyright issue, because I believe that some people in the community I hail from, the Linux community, are just plain distrustful of Sun and their OpenSolaris efforts. In my opinion, there is really no need. A rising tide lifts all boats. And the success of OpenSolaris, as with the success of the *BSDs is, in the grand scope of things, a success for Linux, as well.

Edited 2008-05-08 16:53 UTC

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