By sommerfeld on Nov 01, 2007
So, a preview of the new packaging & install technology produced by Project Indiana was just released. I'm shortly going to be installing it on a spare system in my office just to give it a shot.
Unfortunately, it's being called the "OpenSolaris Developer Preview" and is being portrayed as a distinctly special binary distribution on the opensolaris home page. The name is unfortunate for a number of reasons:
- The vast majority of the changes have not yet received the typical design and architecture review received by Solaris components
- There is not yet community consensus that OpenSolaris should have a reference binary distribution
- There is certainly not yet consensus that the Indiana technology is the right tool for the job.
I hope the folks who chose this name despite ample warning that it would cause trouble quickly reconsider. And I hope that the poor choice of name doesn't deter people from giving it a try. But the choice of names is forcing something of a constitutional crisis within opensolaris.