Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Oracle Solaris, Linux, and OpenSolaris

Filed under
OS
Linux

As the pennies start to fall in the Oracle/Sun merger we’re seeing a lot of fear and ignorance getting expressed as corporate confusion, insensitivity, and general silliness - the company’s websites, for example, now generally refer to Solaris as “Oracle Solaris” - naively falling in line with the IBM community press’s use of “Sun Solaris” in an apparently deliberate effort to ghettoize its user community.

Meanwhile lots of other people are happily spreading FUD about OpenSolaris or disguising attacks on Linux as speculation that Oracle will downgrade its Linux support.

Although much of this is deplorable, most of it is also just par for the course, effectively collateral damage as the players in two big organizations merge interests, the PR folk get left behind, and the winners and losers in each organizational sub-group slowly get sorted out.

The most difficult and mission critical component of this merger will, I think, come with respect to sorting out the two support organizations.

rest here




OpenSolaris future assured by Oracle

h-online.com: 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".

rest here

Comment viewing options

Select your preferred way to display the comments and click "Save settings" to activate your changes.

More in Tux Machines

Do you need a container-specific Linux distribution?

You've always been able to run containers on a variety of operating systems: Zones on Solaris; Jails on BSD; Docker on Linux and now Windows Server; OpenVZ on Linux, and so on. As Docker in particular and containers in general explode in popularity, operating system companies are taking a different tack. They're now arguing that to make the most of containers you need a skinny operating system to go with them. Read more

Video: 84-Year-Old Volunteer Rebuilds, Sends Linux Laptops to Africa

Retired pastor James Anderson, age 84, has never worked in IT or had any formal computer training, but over the past two years he has rebuilt more than a hundred IBM ThinkPad laptops and sent them to schools and nonprofits in Africa – all running Linux. For the past nine years, Anderson has volunteered at FreeGeek, a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that recycles and rehabilitates old computers for donation. He spends four hours every Friday testing and rebuilding the ThinkPads, which he then loads with Linux Mint 17 and sends one or two at a time to Africa via personal couriers. Read more

Mark Shuttleworth Says Microsoft Didn't Copy Convergence Idea, Ubuntu Will Be First

Mark Shuttleworth talked about Ubuntu convergence and he also happened to mention the fact that Microsoft is trying to do something similar to Windows, but he said that the companies just had the same idea, at the same time. Read more

Ubuntu Devs and Users Talk About Windows with Buttons on the Wrong Side

The Ubuntu community is having a vivacious discussion regarding the placement of the window buttons on the left side. From the looks of it, some users would prefer to have the option of moving the buttons to the right side. Read more