As you may know, after Oracle sunk OpenSolaris :rip: a couple of new project arose: one was Illumos, which took the development of the core from where it stopped, and started with rebuilding the "less open"-licensed stuff, and OpenIndiana, which focused on a whole operating system; OpenIndiana starts on the OpenSolaris base, but will eventually use Illumos for the core stuff.
Well. After about 6 months that OpenSolaris was unofficially declared dead, project OpenIndiana is planning its first official release.
Let's see what happens 🙂
So, the Illumos announcement was made. The best analysis of the announcement I read so far is The Register's.
For the moment, I am not impressed at all. What I was hoping in was a "real" Solaris-like system, not a mix of Solaris and Debian/Ubuntu Linux. That's what Nexenta is, after all, and that's what it will still be if it will switch its base to Illumos.
Time will tell if this effort will bring us something decent. I still hope (but less and less each day) that Oracle will keep on investing in an Open-Solaris official distribution. Yes, Open-Solaris, with that dash in between: something that is both a real Solaris, and Open source.
Not exactly what I hoped for, by the way…
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