By Ted Pogue on Mar 17, 2008
We are please to announce that we have open sourced the SAM-QFS code! This major contribution to the OpenSolaris community is available on http://opensolaris.org/os/project/samqfs. We are very excited to take this big step in creating an open source community around SAM-QFS and continuing to grow Open Solaris as a premier storage OS.
So, I'd like to explain where we are today and where we are going relative to posting the source. Getting all of the Sun SAM-QFS IP posted for Community viewing and download was priority number one. This announcement is about that first milestone. We are looking forward to connecting with developers, early adopters, and users through our open source effort. Eventually we plan to externalize the source via Mercurial to facilitate community code contributions.
What we are delivering is our current development source. Our goal is to have the community be part of the development process, so we are intentionally posting our development work instead of released software, such as the SAM-QFS 4.6 code. By delivering development source, the community can influence and contribute to development of future releases, and it allows early adopters to quickly get access to the latest features. This change should benefit not only the future SAM-QFS releases and therefore customers. In addition, it will benefit those that would like to adopt or experiment with Solaris as a storage platform.
This initial post is a gzipp'd tarball of our latest development build. Some third party components were removed for legal reasons. Therefore, this first posting won't build unless the missing third party components are added back or coded around. This is a temporary solution until we either get legal permission to post the third party source or recode those sections so that they can be built with or without the third party components.
We look forward to feedback about what we have posted and what you as the SAM-QFS community would like to see in future source code uploads. To that end, we have two discussion lists for communication.
1) SAM-QFS-DISCUSS - The discussion list for general topics or issues
2) SAM-QFS-DEV - The development alias for specific questions about source, source contributions, or code reviews
Again, please join us at the OpenSolaris SAM-QFS project page (http://opensolaris.org/os/project/samqfs). We look forward to your comments and involvement.
'til next time, Ted