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The OpenSolaris board has suspended operations and symbolically handed all responsibility for the open-variant of Solaris back to database giant Oracle.

According to a blog post here:

Be it Resolved that the OpenSolaris Governing Board hereby collectively and individually resigns, noting that under the terms of the OpenSolaris Charter section 1.3.5 the responsibility to appoint an OGB passes to Oracle.

The OGN listed among its reasons for calling time the internal Oracle email that said it was terminating development of OpenSolaris with the open-source community.

The act of seppuku came after the OpenSolaris community earlier this month set Oracle a deadline of August 16 to appoint a liaison with the authority to both talk about the future of OpenSolaris and to also work with the community.

If Oracle failed to respond, then OGB agreed to wind itself up and return control of OpenSolaris to Oracle.

Inevitably, Oracle chose not to respond to such petty threats.

The suicide comes after Oracle director of Solaris product management Dan Roberts - a former director of Solaris, OpenSolairs, and database marketing at Sun - reassured open sourcers in March that Oracle would continue to actively support and participate in the OpenSolaris community.

Roberts, fresh of the back of Oracle's acquisition of Sun, was responding to complaints from the same community members that they'd been completely ignored, and were concerned about the future of OpenSolaris. An open letter was published pleading for information from Oracle.

Turns out now, instead of OpenSolaris being coded well ahead of the commercial Solaris, the only open source version of any future Solaris stack will come after the commercial product. ®

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