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Oracle Explains Unclear Message About OpenSolaris

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Was a posting on the Oracle Web site published Feb. 24 entitled "End of Service Life Status for OpenSolaris Operating System" simply unclear on the concept, or was it a hint that Oracle is planning to drop the Sun Microsystems-developed open source operating system entirely?

Industry folks on Twitter, FriendFeed, Yammer, and Google Buzz admitted they were confused as they discussed the Oracle page, which talks about "the OpenSolaris End Of Service Life time line for OpenSolaris OS releases. The information covers the support status of every OpenSolaris release."

No need for application developers and IT managers to worry, though: Oracle says it is not killing off the freely down-loadable community version of Sun's Unix-based Solaris enterprise operating system anytime soon.

At least that Oracle's story at this time, and they're sticking to it.




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