As Predicted, OpenSolaris Board Disbands

When the OpenSolaris Governing Board issued their ultimatum to Oracle on July 12, few thought it would have the desired effect of saving OpenSolaris. The board sent a message that if Oracle didn't start to show some interest in OpenSolaris by August 23, they would disband and leave OpenSolaris without leadership and guidance. That day arrived and the board did as they promised.

Oracle had practically ignored OpenSolaris since its acquisition of Sun and its assets last year. The OpenSolaris board tried to continue work, but it became increasingly difficult as they wondered if their work was being wasted. So on July 12 the board issued their now famous "put up or quit" message. Most believed Oracle would allow this date to come and pass without reply, but they were wrong. Oracle did respond, just not the way anyone wanted.

The Illumos project was announced on August 3rd, an off-shoot of OpenSolaris, to safeguard code and provide a base for a fork should Oracle pull the plug. This step foreshadowed the inevitable and on August 13 Oracle announced that it would end all support and access to OpenSolaris effectively driving a stake into the heart of OpenSolaris and the governing board. So, it was with little doubt the board would have no choice but disband.

Thus it was a mere formality when the final OpenSolaris Board meeting was held to tie up loose ends and submit resignations. This last step confirms that OpenSolaris is no more.

RIP OpenSolaris, Long Live Illumos.


Susan Linton is a Linux writer and the owner of


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Is there any doubt now why Oracle started mirroring Red Hats distro with their "Oracle Enterprise Linux"?
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is this even a big deal????

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seriously Linux is rockin' right there a whole bunch of apps that only run on open solaris that is going to leave guys out in the cold??? and if there are can they be forked to linux or be made to run in an open solaris environment like wine???

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I have been working with Solaris for a dozen years or so, it is a sad day that the only true blue Unix System left on the plant and a db company had to kill it.
No more AT&T Unix, no more Sun Solaris, what is the world coming to. They should have left it alone, that would bring more of a following than killing it. I have nothing against Oracle or SUN but it is still sad. Now what are going to fight the big evil company with now ? Linux is good enough to make it go on to the full 12 rounds, but if OpenSolaris goes away Linux takes the fight by it self. Will Linux win oh hell yeah!!


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Sum Yung Gai's picture

Ah, "Open"Solaris. Too little too late, and a bad license...both are why this failed. Even when Sun still existed, "Open"Solaris was little more than a very small niche. If Sun had done this in, say, 1995, when it would've mattered, then it probably would be where GNU/Linux is today. And Sun's use of the CDDL, which was purposely designed to be GPL-incompatible (as admitted by Danese Cooper and confirmed by Simon Phipps), also conspired to keep "Open"Solaris out of the mainstream of Free Software development. The GPL, as so many of us pointed out to Sun, would've been a much, much better choice.

I pity those who put so much effort into trying to make "Open"Solaris viable, but I just don't see it succeeding. The momentum is behind GNU/Linux and *BSD for very good reasons. Perhaps they might consider getting behind those projects to further them and improve them?