Lumsden: OpenSolaris canceled
Posted Aug 13, 2010 22:40 UTC (Fri) by jmalcolm
In reply to: Lumsden: OpenSolaris canceled
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Well, IllumOS says that they will contribute any changes that they make back to Oracle. So, I guess another possibility is that IllumOS is actively developed in the open, Oracle integrates IllumOS contributions into their code behind the curtain, and when Oracle occasionally does a major release, and drops a bundle of code from the sky, it will contain those changes.
Either it would be easy for IllumOS to incorporate the changes or they would simply take the Oracle release as the base for their new release and go from there.
I think the best thing that could happen to IllumOS is if they forked forever and only worried about taking in major new features from Solaris. For example, if Oracle introduced something as useful and innovative as ZFS in the future then IllumOS would probably welcome the chance to integrate it even if there was a bit of pain.
In a way, I think this could be an opportunity for IllumOS. I think the OS has real potential but tying themselves so closely to the Oracle code base was going to be a real anchor in my opinion. If they can take what they have and build a real community, it could become a real alternative.
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