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Should OpenSolaris Die?

Aug 11, 2010, 09:04 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Joe Brockmeier)

[ Thanks to An Anonymous Reader for this link. ]

"After months of silence, OpenSolaris supporters have had enough and launched the Illumos project. Described as a "spork" of OpenSolaris, rather than a true fork, Illumos is a misguided attempt to keep the Solaris legacy OS alive for another generation. Too bad it's doomed from the start.

"Software freedom means no project with a community will go away, so long as they have the means and will to sustain it. That's usually considered a good thing, but sometimes it's less of a feature and more of a bug. Consider, for example, the sad case of OpenSolaris.

"Since Oracle gobbled up Sun, it's remained mute on the fate of OpenSolaris. Attempts to get someone at Oracle to comment have been fruitless. I've spoken to Oracle PR and some of the employees on the community side about OpenSolaris and the responses have been both off the record and totally discouraging. To put it bluntly, Oracle seems to have put OpenSolaris out to pasture and won't even do its community the courtesy of making it official."

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