Archive for the commentary Category

OpenSolaris Disbanded

| September 2nd, 2010

Grrr… Just when I spent a good deal of time developing and working with OpenSolaris, it decides to disband….

http://jaxenter.com/opensolaris-governing-board-symbolically-disband-30610.html

Oracle isn’t going to support OpenSolaris as Sun did so the OpenSolaris Governing Body disbanded and gave control of OpenSolaris back to the parent company. Good news though is that is isn’t all over, some developers forked the project and started Illumos. I am not going to keep my hopes too high – remember BeOS? I’ve been waiting 8 or so years for Haiku and at this point, it’s a little too late… We’re not in 1999 anymore…or 2005 for that matter… or 2006… or 2007… you get the idea…

The future of Solaris/ZFS is pretty unclear now… Will we see Solaris go back to being a closed source unix? Will Illumos take off? All these factors have me watching for further development. ZFS’s license prohibits it from being ported natively to linux (non-compliant¬† with GPL I believe), so if Solaris goes down, I think ZFS is also dead. On the other hand, linux is getting it’s own ZFS type file system called Btrfs. Looks like it will have many, if not more features as ZFS, and early benchmarks show that is may be faster than ZFS… I’ll keep watching…