OpenSolaris: A Word of Caution to our Prospective Partners

I've talked to two companies--one a provider of plug-in networking cards and the other a software vendor--who have been confused by Sun's OpenSolaris effort and how it relates to their business. I guess that this is more of an issue for prospective partners who are new to Solaris rather than for those companies already established in our partner programs. We want all of our partners--established, new, and prospective--to have a great Sun experience, so please be careful of the following.

In the hardware vendor's case, they were doing their first Solaris port and had used the OpenSolaris website to download the latest Nevada build as their development baseline. This is incorrect since they would like to sell their solution with Sun's current hardware and software products. Sun's products currently use Solaris 10 and will for some time. Therefore product development and testing should be done under the appropriate version of Solaris 10 rather than Nevada. OpenSolaris is a great venue for participating in an open-source OS development effort, for looking at source code, and for a peek at the future, but please be careful to think about whether it aligns with your immediate business needs or not.

If you are a prospective Sun partner, the best way to avoid issues like this is to get involved with our partner programs. Details can be found here.


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