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18 February 2010, 11:16

OpenSolaris community worried by Oracle silence

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The OpenSolaris community is concerned by the silence from Oracle over its future plans for the open source operating system. In a blog posting, OpenSolaris developer Peter Tribble complained that Oracle has not mentioned OpenSolaris, apart from a single appearance on a slide in Oracle's five hour post Sun acquisition webcast.

Tribble is vice chair of the OpenSolaris Governing Board and says he attempted to set up a channel of communication between the OGB and Oracle. So far, Tribble says, the OGB has not received an acknowledgement that the request has been made. Earlier in the month, Ben Rockwood posted an open letter to Oracle asking for a roadmap for OpenSolaris and Solaris. Again, no response from Oracle has been forthcoming.

Oracle has been contacting OSUGs (OpenSolaris User Groups), but Tribble says "while any contact is welcome, the manner in which it was done was unfortunate" as it ignored the wider OpenSolaris community and "completely bypassed the Governing Board".

The silence from Oracle may, though, be a good thing; the confusion caused by Project Kenai's apparent closure and repurposing as the basis for, is indicative that Oracle are still in the process of evaluating their plans for many of Sun's software products. The H believes that Oracle did not start this process until the acquisition had been completed and it was able to talk with Sun's staff, without the legal restrictions which were in place during the months while the merger had been pending. Tribble himself points out that it the silence cannot be taken as "a sign of something more sinister" but is concerned that "it's fuelling the FUD machine."


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