Since Oracle finished its acquisition of Sun Microsystems, there have been many changes to the open-source projects that were once supported under Sun now being discontinued by Oracle and significant changes being made to the remaining open-source products. One of the open-source projects that Oracle hasn't been too open about their intentions with has been OpenSolaris. Solaris Express Community Edition (SXCE) already closed up last month
and there hasn't been too much information flowing out about the next OpenSolaris release, which is supposed to be known as OpenSolaris 2010.03 with a release date sometime in March.
This morning on the zfs-discussion
mailing lists there has been talk about what exactly is the future of OpenSolaris within Oracle. On the Sun domain, Oracle has already published a new web-page
stating the end of service life for OpenSolaris.
is the latest official OpenSolaris release, but even that release is no longer covered under their general availability (GA) support phase without any new release being available. Though at the bottom of the page is a note that Oracle is still reviewing Sun's information and is coming to a decision regarding the product's road-map and future offerings.
As one former Sun customer
points out, the subscription link for OpenSolaris has been removed. George Shepard formerly of Sun and now with Oracle has iterated
that Oracle is indeed planning on changing the support model for OpenSolaris, but no announcements are yet available.