Linked by David Adams on Fri 16th Jul 2010 19:44 UTC, submitted by sjvn
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris A Computerworld blog speculates that the open-source Unix distribution may live on, but Oracle won't be supporting it. At this point, "OpenSolaris' only real future is as a fork, which would not be easy to pull off. Still, with enough interest from developers it could be done. OpenSolaris is licensed under the GPLv3 CDDL and various other OSS licenses, so the base code is available."
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RE[2]: Comment by ulrus
by kaiwai on Sat 17th Jul 2010 04:37 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by ulrus"
kaiwai
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http://practical-tech.com/operating-system/sun-to-release-opensolar...

Still, gplv3 is delightfully linux-kernel-incompatible, so it doesn't make any difference.


And if they went for something that was compatible with the Linux kernel it wouldn't have made a lick of difference. The two operating system are so different in nature any cross pollination would be non existent. People here have this deluded idea that some how that if OpenSolaris kernel was at least GPL then there would be this great code sharing fest between the two projects - you find that people who make such declarations have never written a line of code in their life any more complicated than a 'hello world'.

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RE[3]: Comment by ulrus
by gnufreex on Sat 17th Jul 2010 15:25 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by ulrus"
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If Solaris was GPL, you would see code sharing. How do you explain porting ZFS to BSD? They are so vastly different how is that possible?

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RE[4]: Comment by ulrus
by kaiwai on Tue 20th Jul 2010 01:47 in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by ulrus"
kaiwai Member since:
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If Solaris was GPL, you would see code sharing. How do you explain porting ZFS to BSD? They are so vastly different how is that possible?


God f-cking knows why you were moderated up - I had ignored your post hoping it would die the death of a thousand people ignoring it.

The gap between OpenSolaris and FreeBSD is a lot smaller than the gap between Linux and FreeBSD. With that being said, the sharing of code still required massive amounts of work, it wasn't simply a matter of grabbing the code, rejigging some headers and compilation. The question is whether it is worth all the effort put into porting code to and fro between platforms of any benefit given the work required to do so. Also, not all kernel modules are created the same, some can be easy ported whilst others can't - some simply require a basic abstraction layer such as Haiku-OS and the FreeBSD Wireless stack and others are more complex such as audio drivers that dig deep into the kernel for maximum performance and low latency.

Edited 2010-07-20 01:50 UTC

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