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Project Indiana and the OpenSolaris Name

Oct 31, 2007, 20:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ian Murdock)

"When Project Indiana was first conceived, it was envisioned to be a community distribution of OpenSolaris--in other words, built by the community and called OpenSolaris. My basic observation, as someone who came into the OpenSolaris community from the outside - even perhaps from the competition--and who represents the target market this community needs to reach was this: That the packaging and presentation of OpenSolaris as it stands today represents a barrier to adoption and, thus, an obstacle to growing the OpenSolaris community and bringing in new users. To lower these barriers, OpenSolaris needs to be more than just the code base. It needs to be a binary that users can easily download and install to get easy access to OpenSolaris technology. Put another way, as I said in a blog post in June, we need to have a better answer to the question, 'Where do I download OpenSolaris...?'"

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