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What's the Future for OpenSolaris?

Jun 10, 2009, 04:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Rubens)

"There's Solaris, or course, Sun's well respected mixed-source UNIX, and then there's OpenSolaris, the (mainly) open source OS project sponsored by Sun and distributed under its Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL.) Just this month Sun released version 2009.06 of OpenSolaris, which includes a number of new features including new networking technology and support for SPARC processors.

"What's interesting is that previous versions of OpenSolaris had been aimed mainly at developers or administrators interested in testing new features before they are integrated into Solaris itself. But now Sun is aiming higher with OpenSolaris. "Initially, OpenSolaris had a developer- and desktop-centric flavor, but in this release we've moved from just desktop and developer to a datacenter-capable mission-critical operating system," Sun's Dan Roberts told Internetnews.com last week. Sun is now offering three levels of support for OpenSolaris, and the current version will be supported for five years, the company said"

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