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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kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

Instead of pure guesswork, how about looking at the actual source code repo instead?
Here: http://src.opensolaris.org/source/xref/onnv/onnv-gate/usr/src/
If you browse through the directories, you'll see that many files were last modified within the last few days (even if the date of a folder itself says May).

Maybe Oracle is not interested in OpenSolaris, but we can't know for a fact. All we know is that Oracle is just silent, the source repo is still active, and OpenSolaris never was GPLv3-licensed.


Or even the ONNV mailing list:

http://mail.opensolaris.org/pipermail/onnv-notify/2010-July/thread....

I guess the problem is that for many there is a transition from the culture at Sun to the culture at Oracle with Oracle having to take a good stock take of what they've bought and turning each into a revenue generating machine. Personally I'd be more concerned if we are having the same discussion in 2011 at this time though but from what I have heard when Oracle has their big development expo later this year apparently the future will be made a lot clearer.

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Dubhthach Member since:
2006-01-12

Indeed you can also see the activity on the ARC cases page and the flagdays pages:
http://static.opensolaris.org/on/flagdays/141-145.html
http://arc.opensolaris.org/caselog/year/2010.html

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