In a move of desperation, the OpenSolaris Governing Board (OGB) has threatened to dissolve itself if Oracle does not appoint a person to take decisions regarding OpenSolaris by the 16th of August.
There has been no official update to OpenSolaris for thirteen months. The last update was OpenSolaris 2009.06 when Sun Microsystems was not under Oracle. After Oracle took over Sun Microsystems, not much has happened to OpenSolaris. There was supposed to be a new update in February as OpenSolaris2010.02. Then it was pushed back to March as OpenSolaris2010.03. However that too did not happen. After taking over Sun Microsystems, it seems Oracle has dropped everything related to OpenSolaris. In almost a year, Oracle has not made any kind of communications to the developers or end-users regarding OpenSolaris.
On top of all these, it has been reported that Jeb Dabsteel, Oracle senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer did not turn up for the OpenSolaris Governing Board meeting after confirming that he will attend it. Obviously the OpenSolaris Board is disturbed by all these and have issued the following statement:
The OGB is keen to promote the uptake and open development of OpenSolaris and to work on behalf of the community with Oracle, as such the OGB needs Oracle to appoint a liaison by August 16, 2010, who has the the authority to talk about the future of OpenSolaris and its interaction with the OpenSolaris community otherwise the OGB will take action at the August 23 meeting to trigger the clause in the OGB charter that will return control of the community to Oracle.
Oracle has not given any official response to the OpenSolaris Board’s threat. But it will be interesting to see what they do next. Will Oracle crumble under the pressure or will they simply not care?