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Solaris still sorta open, but OpenSolaris distro is dead

Aug 17, 2010, 18:05 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Paul)

"An internal Oracle memo that was released last week provides a detailed summary of the company's plans for the Solaris operating system, which Oracle obtained when it acquired Sun. The memo offers a mix of good and bad news for Solaris enthusiasts. It reveals that Oracle is strongly committed to advancing the Solaris platform and intends to increase the availability of resources for Solaris development. The bad news is that Oracle plans to discontinue Sun's community-centric OpenSolaris distribution.

"The OpenSolaris project emerged in 2007 with the aim of producing a downloadable distribution that includes a complete computing environment built around the open source components of the Solaris operating system. Sun brought in Debian founder Ian Murdock to orchestrate the endeavor in collaboration with contributors from the Solaris enthusiast community.

"Murdock believed that a downloadable desktop-oriented distribution would help to build mindshare around Solaris technologies and attract more interest in the platform."

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