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Illumos Aims to Free Oracle's Open Source Software

Aug 03, 2010, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"With Oracle having remained relatively quiet about its plans for OpenSolaris since it acquired the operating system -- along with the rest of Sun Microsystems -- concern has been growing among members of the OpenSolaris community about the project's future.

"Those concerns have now led to community action in the form of the new Illumos project, founded to provide an alternative for those that want to use OpenSolaris technologies, including the ZFS filesystem.

"But the project's supporters say their goal isn't necessarily to fork OpenSolaris. Instead, the Illumos project plans to create open source versions of OpenSolaris components that Oracle does not provide under an open source license, with the goal of creating a new open source ecosystem around OpenSolaris technologies."

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