Solaris still sorta open, but OpenSolaris distro is dead
Aug 17, 2010, 18:05 (0 Talkback[s])
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"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."