OpenSolaris on ARM: A Japan Development Project

Really cool to see Koji Uno announce the port of OpenSolaris to the ARM platform earlier today. The OpenSolaris community in Japan continues to grow and diversify. Take a quick look and you`ll see this new ARM port joining an interesting mix of elements here in Tokyo: the Jaris distribution, the Japan and Tokyo OpenSolaris User Groups, a group of Campus Ambassadors, and some contributors of source code, binaries, and translations. Seems like a nice foundation from which to build, eh?

ARM platform port here: http://opensolaris.org/os/project/osarm
All things OpenSolaris in Japan here: http://blogs.sun.com/jimgris/tags/jposug

Comments:

Hi Jim,

I beleive the Bluetooth stack from NetBSD should have a higher priority. Anyway, both are community projects.

Posted by Vasileios Anagnostopoulos on June 08, 2009 at 08:04 PM JST #

Jim,
it is really great technical achievement. At the same time it is a perfect example of how community project should NOT be done. Throwing the code over the wall can ultimately ruin the whole community effort.
Dunno, I have mixed feeling about it...

Posted by Cyril Plisko on June 09, 2009 at 12:45 AM JST #

An ARM port is great! The Netbook is definitely not going away and this would extend Solaris' reach in the embedded space.

Posted by Che Kristo on June 09, 2009 at 03:06 AM JST #

So what would it cost for a naviengine dev board? $999? More? O_o

Posted by farmerjohn on June 09, 2009 at 09:08 AM JST #

Cyril ... I understand what you are saying and certainly that can negatively affect some projects. But in many cases with OpenSolaris we have opened previously closed projects only to evolve them further in the open (and the opening of previously closed projects occurs for a variety of reasons). In other words, I am viewing this as a staring point for these guys. That`s my intent and that`s what I`ll be pressing for. This could be an important project for OpenSolaris from a technology perspetive, but I also view it as a community-building tool for the Japanese community. And for that to be a reality, open development needs to be the focus.

Posted by Jim Grisanzio on June 09, 2009 at 07:43 PM JST #

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