While Oracle killed off OpenSolaris
and the OpenSolaris Governing Board dissolved itself
, the community of OpenSolaris developers have not given up but instead have begun working on their own community OpenSolaris-based operating systems to provide the world with choices beyond the upcoming Oracle Solaris 11 and Oracle Solaris Express 11. There is already the Illumos Project
, which is a fork of OpenSolaris
with a fully open-source code-base, that is now being used within the Nexenta
operating systems, among others. We have just been tipped off as well that next week another new OpenSolaris derivative is being announced and it's to be called OpenIndiana.
It was Project Indiana
years ago when Debian's Ian Murdock joined Sun Microsystems to create the OpenSolaris binary distribution and all of that hooha leading up to the first OpenSolaris Indiana release
. OpenIndiana is a new OpenSolaris distribution and fortunately they will be collaborating with -- and using -- Illumos for its OpenSolaris base.
The full announcement of OpenIndiana will not be made until next week Tuesday, the 14th of September. The OpenIndiana announcement is being made at the JISC office in London. Announcement details will be available on this page
Soon as we know more details concerning OpenIndiana we will be sure to pass them along. At least the OpenSolaris development community is continuing to thrive without Oracle.