OpenSolaris has had a bad time ever since Oracle acquired Sun. There were reports of free CD’s from Open Solaris being halted. However, Oracle responded to some questions regarding OpenSolaris assuring that OpenSolaris will live. However, we have come a long way from then and there are no visible efforts from Oracle to save OpenSolaris. It seems like; Oracle has just left OpenSolaris to let it die alone!
The OpenSolaris governing board is left clueless in this situation and has issued an ultimatum to Oracle that if it does not nominate a contact person, the board will dissolve itself putting OpenSolaris under the responsibility of Oracle directly.
The Oracle and OpenSolaris teams did not start with a friendly term and this is affecting OpenSolaris.
However, contrary to many beliefs, I think Oracle is doing great. Firstly, it bought a plummeting company, which needs some applause. The deal included a host of services and technologies, which are managed by communities. MySQL, OpenSolaris, they all fall under this category and this is outside the realms of Oracle’s business model. They have not done this business earlier and are taking their time to get things back on track.
We can clearly see results here! MySQL fans have stopped complaining. OpenSolaris will have its turn soon too. We need to trust Oracle. At least, that is the best we can do right now.