Linked by David Adams on Tue 13th Jul 2010 16:48 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris This morning, at the OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) meeting, the following was proposed and unanimously resolved: "The OGB is keen to promote the uptake and open development of OpenSolaris and to work on behalf of the community with Oracle, as such the OGB needs Oracle to appoint a liaison by August 16, 2010, who has the the authority to talk about the future of OpenSolaris and its interaction with the OpenSolaris community otherwise the OGB will take action at the August 23 meeting to trigger the clause in the OGB charter that will return control of the community to Oracle."
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Ok, that too. Control freakishness of Sun had a play there, but if license was GPL (or at least GPL-compatible, like BSD) then a lot of people would get interested in technology, community would get bigger and Oracle would have two choices: keep OpenSolaris going, or let it go and watch people fork it. GPL forces dictatorship to be benevolent.

Go look through SourceForge projects if you think that the GPL will magically attract developers. It's mostly a graveyard.

I think a bigger problem with OpenSolaris is that they never made a good case for switching from Linux or FreeBSD. Linux has better hardware support, FreeBSD has ZFS and Dtrace. Why take the time to move your servers to OpenSolaris? There was never a good answer.

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