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The H Year: 2010's Wins, Fails and Mehs

Jan 03, 2011, 07:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dj Walker-Morgan)

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"Meh – Oracle took over Sun – With the completion of Oracle's acquisition of Sun Microsystems, a new regime of Oracle's "special" brand of communications took over from Sun's bloggy, chatty style. The Oracle brand of communications mostly involves Oracle not saying anything or so little that the community is left to fill in the blanks.

"Fail – OpenSolaris goes away – The first casualty of Oracle's new regime was OpenSolaris, as Oracle decided to focus on Solaris and deliver a new release of the operating system. This news was quietly slipped out at the bottom of an email but OpenSolaris developers outside Oracle had already seen the writing in between the cracks on the wall...

"Meh – Illumos Foundation launches – The Illumos Foundation was created to make the open source branch of Solaris live on; a number of companies already relied on it and for them it was a logical move to create this new Unix distribution. Currently, Illumos and the distributions derived from it, such as OpenIndiana, are tracking Solaris development in what has been dubbed a "spork" but as every day passes it's becoming more of a fork."

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