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OpenSolaris' child, Illumos, goes forward without Oracle

Aug 04, 2010, 20:34 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"Nexenta, an open-source organization that's been trying to "combine the OpenSolaris kernel with the GNU/Debian user experience," has announced a new open-source effort called Illumos. Nexenta proclaims this "is a 100% community-driven and -owned effort that aims to provide an alternative to a critical part of the OpenSolaris distribution, freeing it from dependence on Oracle's good will."

"Oracle's good will has been noticeably missing towards OpenSolaris. Oracle has essentially ignored OpenSolaris and paid no attention to the OpenSolaris Governing Board. Nexenta observed in their announcement that "Oracle has significantly reduced their support for OpenSolaris as a distribution." But according to Simon Phipps, Sun's former chief open-source officer and an Illumos supporter, this effort is not meant to be a fork of OpenSolaris."

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