Accelerated Release

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-01-24 Print this article Print

Sun has moved up its release plans for Solaris 10, which will be available Jan. 31 as a free download from Sun will begin preinstalling Solaris on Sun systems in February and is working to do the same with its OEMs. On the community front, Goguen said Sun already has an initial Open Solaris community of more than 100 people, from inside and outside the company, which it plans to expand. The company was also setting up an interim advisory council to establish the rules for community governance. This council would comprise two people from inside Sun, two from the Open Solaris community and one from the greater open-source community. The current Open Solaris community would decide who filled those two slots, Goguen said.
"But Solaris development today is not controlled by a single person. We have a thousand or so developers inside Sun who work on it as a community. So, the goal with Open Solaris is to have Suns developers continue to contribute to Open Solaris, while ensuring that the community has a lot of input into what shows up in the open distribution," he said.
But Sun will decide what goes into its branded Solaris, which will likely be a subset of what is in the open version, he said. However, many in the Linux and open-source community are unhappy with the use of the CDDL, as it is not compatible with the GPL (GNU General Public License). In fact, Claire Giordano, a member of Suns CDDL team, said as much in a letter accompanying the submission. "Like the Mozilla Public License, the CDDL is not expected to be compatible with the GPL, since it contains requirements that are not in the GPL. Thus, it is likely that files released under the CDDL will not be able to be combined with files released under the GPL to create a larger program," she said. Linux kernel creator Linus Torvalds also weighed in, saying he believes that, from Suns perspective, the CDDL had to be incompatible with the GPL. Sun "wants to keep a moat against the barbarians at the gate," he told eWEEK. Torvalds also said he does not expect to see developers clamoring to start playing with that source code. "Nobody wants to play with a crippled version [of Solaris]. I, obviously, do believe that theyll have a hard time getting much of a community built up," he said. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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