OpenSolaris “More Open than Open”

Rob Gingell (a former Sun Fellow and Chief Engineer) once asked me to help put together a white paper on how Sun was “more open than open” which is to say that there are so many companies out there who touted Open Systems, Open Software and Open Standards, for whom their motives weren't on the straight and narrow. I wish that I had had this entry.

“Today we have taken our crown jewels, our flagship piece of software, Solaris and releasing it to the Internet community

I'm most excited about “what's in there” specifically today's consolidation is the core “OS/Networking” what we're calling our “ON” gate release, which as I have been playing with for a couple of weeks, delivers a very stable environment for most ISP like functions, and is the base for all of the other bundles / packages that “live on top”. And the ancillary developer tools - both Sun's Studio Tools and those from GNU.

Like Red Hat is to Fedora, OpenSolaris provides a community development pool, and Solaris becomes Sun's distribution. For the past months Sun has been seeding this community with pretty large tarballs (~ ) which could be manually built, today we're launching an interactive site, typical to most development programs, the CVS tree will be a managed entity.

And since I know that there are going to be a lot of takers, sorry if the download is a little slow - opening day is always popular.

Have fun ;)

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