Sun to Update Solaris, Name OpenSolaris Board Members

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-04-01 Print this article Print

Less than half of those selected to the project's governance board are expected to be Sun staff members; the majority are thought to be from the company's customer base, the industry and the open-source community.

Sun Microsystems Inc. is already hard at work on the feature-set for the next version of its Solaris operating system, which is taking place on a parallel track to the development of updates for Solaris 10, released at the end of January. The plan is for new features and technology from the next version of Solaris to be delivered through the Software Express for Solaris program, which gives customers regular snapshots of future software features currently under development at a very early stage, as happened with Solaris 10.
"In next few months, you will see Sun opening up the next version of Solaris," John Loiacono, Suns executive vice president for software, told eWEEK.
Customers using Solaris 10 had asked for a GUI (Graphical User Interface) for DTrace, the facility that opens to developers and system administrators a window into the workings of the operating system and the applications that run on it, Loiacono said, so it was working on that. "Customers also want predictive self-healing updates, with a more user-friendly interface to allow less-technical people do this. We are also working on virtualization; we are pushing our container technology to the next level," he said. Click here to read more about advanced partitioning technology in Solaris 10. On Monday, Sun is expected to also announce the names of the board members who will establish the rules for community governance around its OpenSolaris project. While Sun officials declined to name those selected to the governance board, less than half of them are believed to be Sun staff, with the majority coming from its customer base, the industry and the open-source community. The board will be tasked with putting the processes and details in place that will govern how the OpenSolaris community works together. Next Page: Delivering source code.

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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