Monday Oct 13, 2008

It's still Solaris, but now in two flavors

With the introduction of OpenSolaris 2008.05, we have a nimbler vehicle to get Solaris innovation in the hands of developers and customers. This also marked a significant shift in our OS release model. I've heard from many people who have a long history of working with Solaris and are, shall we say, intrigued about what all the OpenSolaris announcements mean for their own development or deployment plans.

As a member of Sun's ISV Engineering organization, I often get involved in OS roadmap discussions. Nowadays, the first point I emphasize is that the Solaris platform has two delivery vehicles: Solaris 10 and OpenSolaris. They share a common origin, but have important differences, particularly in their life cycles. One does not replace the other: they coexist, catering to different needs.

It's important for developers who contribute to the Solaris ecosystem (there are well over 10,000 applications and counting) to understand how these two release trains operate, to determine how OpenSolaris may influence their own product plans, and how they can use it to reach a wider audience.

In an effort to capture some of these facts, Marty Duey and I have recorded a webcast. If you've been hearing a lot of buzz about OpenSolaris, but haven't spent too much time figuring out what it's all about, this could be a good starting point. Take a look... and share your comments. We're listening.
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I am a member of Sun's ISV Engineering organization, collaborating with ISVs and Open Source communities to advance the Solaris platform.

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