Linked by shmerl on Tue 14th Sep 2010 21:24 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The OpenIndiana project has been officially announced. OpenIndiana is part of the Illumos foundation and a community distribution which aims to to continue OpenSolaris, previously shut down by Oracle. Some details of the announcement were published on c0t0d0s0.org.
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RE: A good thing
by tylerdurden on Wed 15th Sep 2010 06:51 UTC in reply to "A good thing"
tylerdurden
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2009-03-17

The problem is that there does not seem to be a development community large enough to really make up for the lack of code contribution from Solaris parent company (SUN then, Oracle now).

So without that, OpenSolaris's future is iffy at best. I wish them luck, but their main problem is going to be to gain developers and maintain their enthusiasm.

Now that is an orphaned project, I fail to see what an OpenSolaris-like OS has as differentiator, given that most of the exciting technologies like Dtrace and ZFS already made it to FreeBSD for example. Unless the value proposition is that they will incorporate whichever code Oracle opensources from evolving versions of Solaris.

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RE[2]: A good thing
by pgeorgi on Wed 15th Sep 2010 07:55 in reply to "RE: A good thing"
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

They will develop their own stuff slowly, but if Oracle releases the future code drops by doing updates to the public mercurial repos, merging that into the illumos and openindiana trees should be manageable.

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RE[2]: A good thing
by Laurence on Wed 15th Sep 2010 11:44 in reply to "RE: A good thing"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26

The problem is that there does not seem to be a development community large enough to really make up for the lack of code contribution from Solaris parent company (SUN then, Oracle now).

So without that, OpenSolaris's future is iffy at best. I wish them luck, but their main problem is going to be to gain developers and maintain their enthusiasm.

Now that is an orphaned project, I fail to see what an OpenSolaris-like OS has as differentiator, given that most of the exciting technologies like Dtrace and ZFS already made it to FreeBSD for example. Unless the value proposition is that they will incorporate whichever code Oracle opensources from evolving versions of Solaris.


+1 (apparently I'd already moderated you recently)

I used to run OpenSolaris on one of my systems at home but since the uncertainty of the project after Oracle took over, I switched to FreeBSD (technically I switched back to FreeBSD, having been a user prior to OpenSolaris) as the daemon had a stable working build of ZFS.

It would be a pity to see OpenSolaris die as I think theres more justification for it's existence than some of the more generic Linux distros out there. However sadly I too think OpenSolaris will really struggle to attract enough developers just to maintain the OS - let alone build new features that will push OpenSolaris forward.

Edited 2010-09-15 11:50 UTC

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RE[2]: A good thing
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 15th Sep 2010 14:54 in reply to "RE: A good thing"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

The lack of developers is very real. I'm just hopeful that the existing developers, many of which are talented now ex sun employees can push the code in the direction that they want, without worrying about what is best for Solaris.

If they do develop some cool things, that would naturally attract more developers & users. A lot of If's, I realize. But I guess this will give us a real opportunity to see if the world really wants an Open Solaris Like OS.

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