So Larry Ellison of Oracle now decided to kill Open Solaris for a commercial Solaris 11. Gee thanks
Is it good by Open Source over at Oracle? It seems Larry Ellison (founder of Oracle) is starting a dispute with Google over the use of Java in its Android mobile platform. I personally that one is already lost of Oracle. Now Oracle claims they are no longer supporting Open Solaris which means it will get axed. I mean if Oracle is axing so much Sun technology, what was the point in buying them out. Next up is My SQL. Wait until the outcry on that one.
Anyhow, Open Solaris was started due to Sun’s losing battle in the world of Linux. So they open sourced the operating system which really did not go anywhere. I tried it but I was not a real fan. I have to admit that Sun hardware and Solaris is everywhere in the world of financial services including Bloomberg, Morgan Stanley, Citi, etc. Anyhow, it is worth knowing regardless of its future. I would recommend downloading a copy of Open Solaris before Oracle gets rid of it.
The discussion below if from:
“We will distribute updates to approved CDDL or other open source–licensed code following full releases of our enterprise Solaris operating system,” the Oracle executives wrote in the memo. “In this manner, new technology innovations will show up in our releases before anywhere else. We will no longer distribute source code for the entirety of the Solaris operating system in real-time while it is developed, on a nightly basis.”
“All such partnerships will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis,” the Oracle executives explained, “but certainly our core, existing technology partnerships, such as the one with Intel, are examples of valued participation.”
“All of Oracle’s efforts on binary distributions of Solaris technology will be focused on Solaris 11. We will not release any other binary distributions, such as nightly or bi-weekly builds of Solaris binaries, or an Open Solaris 2010.05 or later distribution,” the execs wrote. “We will determine a simple, cost-effective means of getting enterprise users of prior Open Solaris binary releases to migrate to S11 Express.”
“We will be asking all of you to participate in this endeavour, bringing with us the benefit of previous Sun Platinum programs, while utilizing the much larger megaphone that is available to us now as a combined company,” the Oracle memo ended. “We look forward to everyone’s continued work on Solaris 11. Our goal is simply to make it the best and most important release of Solaris ever.”