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An OpenSolaris by Any Other Name: The Q&A

Oct 29, 2007, 21:45 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Stephen O'Grady)

"Q: So will the resulting binary distribution carry the name OpenSolaris?

"A: That, ultimately, is the $64,000 question. As you might expect, there are a variety of opinions on the matter. Critics of this idea contend that it will unfairly advantage the Indiana bits, wounding--perhaps critically--existing distributions such as BeleniX, Nexenta et al in the process. Some go on to conclude that the likely fallout from the demise of OpenSolaris distributions would be devastating to the OpenSolaris community, spawning disaffected groups of betrayed developers that would depart never to return. At the opposite end of the spectrum, those favoring the branding of Indiana as OpenSolaris point instead to the potential for user confusion, where newcomers to the community are forced to navigate between unfamiliar choices because there is no simple OpenSolaris downloadable image. In between those viewpoints are some that would favor a compromise approach, either by the usage of OpenSolaris as a modifier in the distribution name or, in some cases, by the explicit inclusion of Sun's brand (i.e. Sun's OpenSolaris)..."

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