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27 February 2010, 15:49

OpenSolaris future assured by Oracle

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At the OpenSolaris Annual Meeting, held on IRC, Oracle executive Dan Roberts has assured the community about the future of the open source version of Solaris. The statements, available as a log of the meeting, have led Peter Tribble, who had expressed concerns on the lack of communication, to conclude "rumours of its [OpenSolaris] death have been greatly exaggerated".

Roberts, making his comments in an official capacity, stated that "Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community". In practical terms this would mean that Oracle will continue to deliver OpenSolaris releases, including the OpenSolaris 2010.03 release, due in the coming months.

On the question of the openness of the development process, participants were told "Oracle will continue to develop technologies in the open, as we do today". "There may be some things we choose not to open source going forward, similar to how MySQL manages certain value add at the top of the stack" said Roberts. That position was described as "no change" by Tribble who pointed to Sun's closed source Fishworks addons for Solaris based storage systems as an example of historically similar Sun practices. Tribble said of the announcements that "While there are clearly devils in the details, it's clear that Oracle plan to keep pushing OpenSolaris forward" and thanked Roberts for "sticking his head above the parapet".


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