OpenSolaris board commits ritual suicide
Symbolic passing of power
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. ®
Darth Ellison again
What other option did they have?
They had Oracle employees banning all dissenting people from the mailinglist (asking questions about the future of OpenSolaris was "abusive behavior"), fanbois filling up the rest so that the signal-to-noise ratio of those list were ... problematic.
Then they had leaks proving that the radio-silence from official Oracle standpoint was proven to be accurate. Exactly zero output from Oracle to OpenSolaris was the actual statement.
In the end, the OGB were basically hostages of Oracle Corporation Greediness and nothing more.
Let this be a warning to any business stupid enough to let Oracle people inside their premises.
> 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.
Well, not quite. The illumOs project has announced at around the same time that they've decided to fork. So OpenSolaris is dead, but it left behind a newborn offspring that, in the right hands, can be nurtured into something greater than it's father ever will be. I certainly hope it happens.
Badgers. oracle is that.
So they basically said "tell us what you want to do, or we'll go away and let you do what you want to do without telling us?"
I think they forgot the "aggressive" part of "passive-aggressive".