Oracle has now declared Opensolaris is dead. http://opensolaris.org/jive/thread.jspa?threadID=133043
Sun Solaris has already been renamed to Oracle Solaris. The Sun support site is now rolling in to OTN. The letter states that they want to make Solaris the premiere Server OS and by dropping the desktop/ home user version this will help. Well that logic seems a bit off. Most servers are either Microsoft, Linux, Solaris, BSD, HP-UX, or AIX. You see more and more shops moving to Microsoft and Linux, the two vendors who support the desktop environment. If your sysadmins use your product at home they are more likely to use your product at work. Part of the reason why I had an Opensolaris and Solaris x86 installed at home (both of which are now deleted). Solaris used to be the . in .com but nowadays it’s more like the ?. Why would I use Solaris over any other OS ? The virtualization features are interesting and ahead of the pack, ZFS is great, but I can get working versions of those things for less cost from other vendors. It may not be the “best” but we are looking for the best overall OS that can be supported at the lowest cost. Solaris experts are getting more expensive and just because you have the best virtualization doesn’t matter when others have decent virtualization that works.
Enterprises use Oracle, but the new Enterprises do not. Look at facebook and others. Those are enterprise applications where not only did the software not work but the idea behind the software failed. Those sites have moved from relational databases to NoSQL and other innovative ideas. Ideas and products which did not come from the database master Oracle. Why is that ? Why is it the biggest companies with the most R&D are no longer the one’s innovating ? They would rather sue companies over software patents (which much like many taxes should be outlawed) instead of investing in thinking up new ideas. When companies get bought their soul and culture change. We have now seen Sun’s culture change and it is a sad day. Much like Oracle had the idea to call their Linux distro “unbreakable” they seem to think that with their new purchase they are now automatically in the OS and hardware game. Sorry Oracle but I am done with Solaris as an OS, Oracle as a database, and your culture as a company. Good luck with that federal lawsuit for stealing our tax dollars.