Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 19:14 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Due to me not working for OSNews these past eight weeks, I've been a bit out of the loop, as I didn't really follow technology news. I did notice that a lot is going on in OpenSolaris land, and today, Oracle has outlined what it has planned for Solaris 11 - and according to some, the fears about OpenSolaris' future were justified.
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nt_jerkface
Member since:
2009-08-26

It isn't the license that is the problem. The CDDL allows for forking.

The problem has long been that OpenSolaris has not attracted outside development. The vast majority of the commits have been from Sun.

Any fork of OpenSolaris would just stagnate.

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werterr Member since:
2006-10-03

You needed a sponsor from SUN and the hole progress of getting a patch committed and approved to OpenSolaris was daunting.

This is also what Illumos is trying to tackle. Keeping the standard of code high but actually letting people develop for it without the very reasonable fair of all there work being for nothing.

Nobody wanted to develop for OpenSolaris if the changes of your hard work actually getting excepted are slim to none.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

No the problem has been a general lack of interest as can be seen by the relatively sparse OpenSolaris forums.

There is not only a lack of developers but also users.

OpenSolaris has technical advantages but no one cares. Linux is "good enough tech" and there is also FreeBSD.

This is coming from someone that wanted to see OpenSolaris do well. Sun was too late to bring Solaris to X86. You can thank McNealy and his arrogance for that.

"Linux is a "great environment for the hobbyist" but not for corporate IT shops." - McNealy in 2003

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