Use the Source, Luke...(it's open)
By jimmo on Aug 05, 2004
Psst! Have you heard that the Solaris source code will be opened to the community? Yes, it's true and this was a topic of discussion at a recent OSCON.
There's enormous momentum within Sun to open up the Solaris source code and embrace the open source community. I'm a member of the OpenSolaris council (also known by it's internal codename "tonic") and I can tell you,the timescales are aggressive!
One of our blog readers, Yusuf Goolamabbas, emailed me with a great idea...how about having publically accessible build machines for OpenSolaris? We think this exactly what we need to do. I forwarded his proposal to the OpenSource council and so far, it's been well received. Hopefully, we will have Solaris 10 servers with secure "developer zones" where you can login, take a child of the source and start strutting your funky stuff! Watch this space - and don't forget to join the OpenSolaris developer community when it's launched. I believe a web site for this is in the pipeline already.
Of course, there may be some skeptics out there. How will we make money by doing this? Why will the community want to participate? Well, the answer is simply that the passion within the engineering community at Sun for both Solaris and the open source community is enormous, a fact that has been largely opaque to the outside world so far. Furthermore, the technology we've got in Solaris now is just too good not to share!
We will open our source. Will you open your mind?