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The uncertain future of OpenSolaris

February 24, 2010 1 comment

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OpenSolarisSince Oracle finished its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, there have been many changes to the open-source projects that were once acquired and supported under Sun; these are now being discontinued by Oracle and significant changes being made to the remaining open-source products. One of the open-source projects that Oracle hasn’t been too open about their intentions with has been OpenSolaris. Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) already closed up last month and there hasn’t been too much information flowing out about the next OpenSolaris release, which is supposed to be known as OpenSolaris 2010.03 with a release date sometime in March.

On the Sun domain, Oracle has already published a new web-page stating the end of service life for OpenSolaris. Check this page for current expiration dates.

OpenSolaris 2009.06 is the latest official OpenSolaris release, but even that release is no longer covered under their general availability (GA) support phase without any new release being available. Though at the bottom of the page is a note that Oracle is still reviewing Sun’s information and is coming to a decision regarding the product’s road-map and future offerings.

Some screen captures of version 2008.11

It’s really a pity that wonderful products like the ZFS file system are endangered by these huge mergers and acquisitions.

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