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19 August 2010, 11:54

Illumos begins diverging from OpenSolaris

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According to Garret D'Amore, Illumos project leader, the recently launched derivative is beginning to diverge from OpenSolaris. D'Amore has noted in his blog that he believes the last commit to Oracle's public repository for ON, the core of OpenSolaris, has been made. According to a leaked memo revealed earlier this week, Oracle are ceasing open development of Solaris and will discontinue OpenSolaris, migrating users to Solaris Express 11.

D'Amore says"from here on out, Illumos and Oracle Solaris diverge" and that he is "very excited" at this move as he believes it opens up the "opportunity for us to really start innovating", a move which he would not have been happy with if Illumos was staying closely aligned to the Oracle source tree.

In another posting, D'Amore announced that recent changes had allowed Illumos to be built on a system running Illumos, a milestone event as the Illumos system becomes self-hosting. "All in all, things are moving quickly" added D'Amore.


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