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Linus Torvalds didn't show up to cheerlead for OpenSolaris, but Roy Fielding did.

Fielding, chief scientist at Day Software and co-founder of the Apache Software Foundation, was the biggest name Sun Microsystems could find to join the OpenSolaris Community Advisory Board (CAB). Sun announced the formation of the Board today and revealed four other members: Al Hopper, an engineer consultant for Logical Approach; Rich Teer, an independent Solaris consultant and author of "Solaris Systems Programming"; Simon Phipps, chief technology evangelist at Sun; and Casper Dik, senior staff engineer at Sun. These folks are in charge of making sure OpenSolaris - the open source version of Solaris - progresses in the best interests of developers and Sun.

Back in January, Sun released the DTrace tool for diagnosing and repairing servers under its open source CDDL license. Sun plans to release all of the Solaris 10 code under CDDL in the second quarter of this year.

Fielding makes a fine addition to the OpenSolaris CAB crew given his experience with one of the open source world's most successful products. One can only assume the more outspoken and popular Brian Behlendorf, another Apache co-founder, was too busy for the OpenSolaris project. (You can see Behlendorf emerging from Mother Ocean here. As we understand it, that photo is being considered for Behlendorf's upcoming duet album with Michael Bolton entitled "Our hair is our savagery.")

Sun staffers had once rumbled about having a "huge open source name" like a Torvalds or a Raymond join the OpenSolaris CAB, but Fielding will have to do.

One of the nicer additions to the group is Sun's own Phipps. He works hard for his money, philosophizing on open source and should make a fine liaison. ®

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