ZFS Support Will Continue In FreeBSD

Today, in a message to the mailing list, Pawel Jakub Dawidek has said that FreeBSD will continue supporting ZFS even though OpenSolaris is dead.

ZFS support has been present in FreeBSD for a while now. But after Oracle discontinued OpenSolaris and moved Solaris into closed development, there were some concerns about the fate of ZFS in FreeBSD. Pawel’s message has made it clear that ZFS support will continue in FreeBSD. He also said that they will be working with the people behind the IllumOS Project. The IllumOS is a fork of OpenSolaris developed after Oracle killed OpenSolaris.

This is what Pawel wrote:

Eventhough OpenSolaris is dead, the ZFS file system is going to stay in FreeBSD. At this point we have quite a few developers involved in ZFS on FreeBSD as well as serveral companies. We are also looking forward to work with IllumOS.

To confirm their continued ZFS support, he has also released a newer version of the ZFS port for FreeBSD for testing. Some of the new features with this update are:

  • Data Deduplication
  • Triple Parity Raidz
  • Snap shot hold

You can see all the new features here.

[via: Phoronix]

Why is Oracle Playing the Bad Guy in the Open Source world? Is Java next now that OpenSolaris is dead?

Oracle, as we all knew was a supporter of Open Source standards. However, a recent turn of events has forced me to think otherwise.

Oracle took over Sun Microsystems with a view of monetizing the Open Source technologies Sun held under its banner. There was no harm in that. However, it totally failed to understand the basic mindset of a community process and maintain an enthusiastic community around free and open source software.

Oracle started pissing off everyone with a total lack of communication, with red tapes and finally, it is showing its true colors with today’s event of  sending OpenSolaris to the grave. Killing off OpenSolaris, as speculated by many, might just be a start of some unexpected yet unsurprising events from Oracle.

Today, Oracle holds two flagship technologies, an enterprise DBMS and a complete programming platform in the form of Java besides many other major technologies. However, Oracle’s recent attack on Google over Java is a well-calculated move. Oracle is looking to make some good profits out of the Intellectual Property infringement of Java.  However, if Google has been able to innovate to this massive level using Java, maybe Oracle should take the cue and try to innovate instead of litigating!

Google has finally responded to the Oracle claim saying,

We are disappointed Oracle has chosen to attack both Google and the open-source Java community with this baseless lawsuit. The open-source Java community goes beyond any one corporation and works every day to make the web a better place. We will strongly defend open-source standards and will continue to work with the industry to develop the Android platform.

Back in the good old days, Sun Microsystems allowed Java’s Intellectual Property to be used freely and never interfered with any company on this matter. If Oracle successfully wins this allegation against Google, the whole matter will simply scare away all businesses based around Java and can have a devastating effect on Java.

In short, these actions from Oracle can virtually kill Java too. As the case against Google builds up, we will have a better picture of the future of Java.

(Google’s Response via Engadget)

Oracle Has Killed OpenSolaris

There was no need for the OpenSolaris Governing Board to kill OpenSolaris at all, Oracle was already planning to do it  themselves.

In an internal email sent to OpenSolaris development team by Mike Shapiro, Bill Nesheim and Chris Armes, they have informed the OpenSolaris Development Team that the OpenSolaris project has been discontinued. Oracle will now be focusing their resources on Solaris 11 and there will be no other binary distributions including OpenSolaris.

This is what they wrote:

All of Oracle’s efforts on binary distributions of Solaris technology  will be focused on Solaris 11. We will not release any other binary  distributions, such as nightly or bi-weekly builds of Solaris  binaries, or an OpenSolaris 2010.05 or later distribution.

In the same email, they have also announced that they will release an open-source version of Solaris 11 as Solaris 11 Express. However, unlike OpenSolaris which is released way ahead of the commercial product, Solaris 11 Express will not be released ahead of the commercial version. It will be released after the commercial product have already shipped.

We will have a Solaris 11 binary distribution, called Solaris 11  Express, that will have a free developer RTU license, and an optional  support plan. We will  determine a simple, cost-effective means of getting enterprise users  of prior OpenSolaris binary releases to migrate to S11 Express.

The email has since then been leaked and you can see it here. There has been no official words from Oracle so far.

What are your thoughts on Oracle killing off the OpenSolaris Project?

OpenSolaris is Still on a Rocking Boat

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.

The OpenSolaris Governing Board Threatens To Dissolve Itself

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?

FOSS Friday: Lightworks Goes Open-source, Oracle halts Free OpenSolaris CD And More

This week has been profitable for Open Source. We have seen the open sourcing of two software products and a lot more.


  • Lightworks, an Academy Award winning software goes open-source
  • Lightworks is an academy award winning non-linear video editor. It has recently been open sourced by the holding company Editshare. Editshare has released Lightworks as a platform. This allows developers to write code for Lightworks plugins as well. We had covered the news of this open-sourcing. Also see  OMG!Ubuntu.

  • Nvidia Releases First OpenGL 4.0 Driver
  • Nvidia has released its first OpenGL driver for Linux. This driver is labelled and will support all Fermi GPUs. The deprecated functionalities of older drivers will not be discarded though. Read more here.

  • On2 might become open-source, thanks to Google
  • Newteevee has shed light on the possible open-sourcing of the On2 video codec Google acquired earlier this year. Currently, H.264 and Ogg Theora are fighting to get the open-web standard. If this goes through, Google will introduce an unbeatable contender in the video codec race. Read more here.

  • Oracle stops free OpenSolaris CD. Will others follow?
  • Oracle has stopped distributing free OpenSolaris CDs. Though, you can still download the CD image from the website. The OpenSolaris community is also planning on forking OpenSolaris. Read more at the H-Online.

How To

  • Connect Tata Photon Whiz of Plug2Surf in Linux
  • Connecting Tata Photon Whiz with Linux is easy. You just need to install wvdial and proceed with the tutorial given here.

OpenSolaris 2010.03: Are we There Yet?

Oracle had recently assured OpenSolaris fans that it will keep the OpenSolaris project alive. However, it is not quite living up to this announcement.


The announcement which was made on should have ensured the availability of OpenSolaris to the public but has failed to do so. The statement of the announcement was,

Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community.

OpenSolaris 2010.02 was scheduled to release in February this year but was already pushed to March once. Now, we are nearing the end of March and OpenSolaris 2010.03, scheduled to be released in early March is still not there. Neither has Oracle bothered to release an official statement on this continuous delay, nor has it communicated to the OpenSolaris community.

OpenSolaris has already survived rumors of death at Oracle once. Back then, Oracle has done its bid to come clean in this matter and ensuring a future for this Unix fork. Though, this negligence will cost Oracle the trust of an active group of users and developers. It is time Oracle releases a statement and at least ensures the arrival of a possible OpenSolaris 2010.04.
(Via: Phoronix)

FOSS Friday: Ubuntu 10.04 Beta 1 Available, Oracle Says OpenSolaris Will Live And Lots More

Welcome to another edition of FOSS Friday, where we wrap up the week’s news and tips on FOSS.


  • Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Beta 1 now available

After a delay of a day due to certain critical issues, Canonical has announced the availability of first beta Ubuntu 10.04. Apart from being a Long Term Support (LTS) release the 10.04 version gets a visual facelift, dropping its traditional brown colour scheme for a much lighter colour scheme.

  • OpenSolaris will live

OpenSolaris users have been apprehensive about the long term availability of the OS, especially considering the fact that Oracle now owns Solaris due to its acquisition of Sun Microsystems. Adding to the uncertainty, there was barely any mention about OpenSolaris when Oracle executives discussed their plans for Solaris in the near future. To dispell these fears, Dan Roberts, director of Solaris product management at Oracle stated “Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community”.

  • Linus Torvalds named most influential open source blogger

A study conducted by Infoworld concludes that Linus Torvalds is the most influential open source blogger, and that his opinions are considered as highly regarded in the Open Source world. Joining him in the list are other promineent open source voices, including Tim O’Reilly, Google’s Chris Messina, and Mono founder Miguel de Icaza.

Tips And Features

  • Ubuntu 10.04’s five best new features

Popular Linux blogger and evangelist SJVN talks about the new Ubuntu 10.04’s best new features – which include a manual(!), extensive integration with popular social networking sites and the fantastic new theme.

  • Some FOSS Financial and Accounting software

Tech Source has a compilation of some awesome FOSS financial and accounting software including Grisbi, jGnash and KMyMoney. If you ask me however, GnuCash is my preferred utility.

  • Two note taking applications compared

LinuxInsider compares two note taking applications, XPad and Tomboy. If you use Tomboy across several machines, Clif Sipe has a neat tip to keep all your notes the same across several machines using Dropbox.

That’s it for this edition of FOSS Friday. Do post a comment if you would like to add a tip or two or have any suggestions!