Oracle outlines Solaris 11, says little of OpenSolaris
At the company's strategy update, Oracle outlined the future for Solaris 11, but said nothing about OpenSolaris. Oracle's John Fowler says that Solaris 11 will be a major upgrade to key components, such as networking stacks, threading, file systems, package management and maintenance. A focus on scalability would also be incorporated in preparation for the next generation of hardware, like the 128 core, 16,384 thread system with 64TB of memory that Oracle is currently developing. Solaris 11 is expected around the second half of 2011.
In an interview given before the official presentation, Fowler told ServerWatch that Solaris 11 will incorporate technology from OpenSolaris and from new Oracle funded developments. Simon Phipps, former Sun Chief Open Source Officer and member of the OpenSolaris Governing Board, said in reference to this interview statement "Oracle apparently confirms it is no longer developing Solaris as open source".
Fowler said, later in the interview, that although the company has been quiet on the open source front, it was because the company was investing in Solaris to "make sure we have all the major components for the new release" and would offer a "plethora of improvements through virtually every major subsystem of Solaris". Although committing to continued investment in open source communities, Fowler did not say how Oracle will handle the appearance of the Illumos OpenSolaris derivative, or comment on the future of the OpenSolaris Governing Board, which is due to dissolve next week.