Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 26th Aug 2010 23:22 UTC, submitted by historyb
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The OpenSolaris governing board fell on its collective sword Monday and resigned en masse after Oracle continued to ignore its ultimatum to appoint a liaison guy to work with it on the future of the open source project. The move was anticlimactic to say the least. Oracle last week leaked an internal e-mail into the wild effectively saying OpenSolaris is dead. The news of the mass resignation, coupled with Oracle suing Google claiming Android infringes on its Java patents, had Adobe's director of open source and standards David McAllister casting Oracle as the New Microsoft and saying "the axis of evil has shifted south about 850 miles or so".
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I'm an OpenSolaris user
by dukes on Fri 27th Aug 2010 02:02 UTC
dukes
Member since:
2005-07-06

What's wrong with waiting later this year for Solaris 11 Express and using it? It'll come with optional support which should be cheap like around $20. Unless I'm missing something.

I get the openness will be done away with but isn't it going to be better?

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RE: I'm an OpenSolaris user
by kaiwai on Fri 27th Aug 2010 03:01 in reply to "I'm an OpenSolaris user"
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

What's wrong with waiting later this year for Solaris 11 Express and using it? It'll come with optional support which should be cheap like around $20. Unless I'm missing something.

I get the openness will be done away with but isn't it going to be better?


From what I understand it appears that Oracle is putting more money into Solaris than Sun ever did - for example there is in developed to replace all other power backends a (and scheduled for release 2011Q4) libpower that'll provide a unified framework for power management which will hopefully be exposed in a nice user friendly way as an alternative to the upower backend used in GNOME at the moment. I wonder whether we'll see the same in the form of replacing HAL when it comes to hardware detection and automounting of storage on the desktop. All these may sound like they're outside the scope of Oracle's goal until you realise that Solaris is in effect a desktop operating system by virtue of people using it through Sun Ray terminals.

Although I'm disappointed about the development becoming more closed source, if it means that development resources are increased in the area then I think it is a good compromise given that the alternative is a slow death through neglect and lack of investment.

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RE[2]: I'm an OpenSolaris user
by flanque on Fri 27th Aug 2010 11:42 in reply to "RE: I'm an OpenSolaris user"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

All these may sound like they're outside the scope of Oracle's goal until you realise that Solaris is in effect a desktop operating system by virtue of people using it through Sun Ray terminals.

Solaris is a server OS with a side of Desktop.

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RE[2]: I'm an OpenSolaris user
by vivainio on Sun 29th Aug 2010 16:20 in reply to "RE: I'm an OpenSolaris user"
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26


From what I understand it appears that Oracle is putting more money into Solaris than Sun ever did - for example there is in developed to replace all other power backends a (and scheduled for release 2011Q4) libpower that'll provide a unified framework for power management which will hopefully be exposed in a nice user friendly way as an alternative to the upower backend used in GNOME at the moment.


upower is not "gnome technology", it's desktop linux technology.

libpower seems (on superficial glance - quick googling didn't tell much, as opposed to what I found by googling for upower) to be something that predates, and is made redundant by, upower.

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RE: I'm an OpenSolaris user
by poundsmack on Fri 27th Aug 2010 17:29 in reply to "I'm an OpenSolaris user"
poundsmack Member since:
2005-07-13

are we even sure there will be a Solaris Express any more? I hope there is because I still love Solaris, but I am not so sure... might be switching out my OpenSolaris instal for Free/PCBSD

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RE[2]: I'm an OpenSolaris user
by phoenix on Fri 27th Aug 2010 21:35 in reply to "RE: I'm an OpenSolaris user"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Where were you this month when Oracle made the official announcement regarding Solaris 11, Solaris 11 Express, and the roadmap going forward? ;)

Yes, OpenSolaris as a source-based development version for people to hack on is dead. The binary-based Solaris 11 Express will take its place. After official Solaris 11 releases are made, source code for the what-used-to-be-OpenSolaris parts will be made available for others to look at.

IOW, the OSS development that occurred via OpenSolaris is dead, and Oracle is taking Solaris back to it's binary-only roots.

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