LIKE A POP GROUP the entire governing board of the Open Solaris project has voted to disband itself.
The dramatic move came a week after a leaked Oracle memo surfaced about the company's plans for ending the open source version of Solaris. That memo said development of the open sauce version would be stopped and it referred to existing users being moved to the commercial software.
The Open Solaris Governing Board (OGB) registered a motion to disband itself in a response to Oracle's leaked position and hand control of the project back to Oracle using section 1.3.5 of the Open Solaris Constitution. At least they didn't storm out in a strop.
"Without the continued support and participation of Oracle in the open development of OpenSolaris, the OGB and the community Sun/Oracle created to support the open Solaris development partnership have no meaning," the motion read.
"The desire and enthusiasm for continuing open development of the OpenSolaris code base has clearly passed out of Oracle's (and thus this community's) hands into other communities."
John Plocher of the OGB reported that the motion was "unanimously (but sadly) adopted."
The move by the OGB was also greeted with sadness in the open source community where there was much weeping and wailing. Dave McAllister, Adobe's director of open source and standards wrote that Oracle's actions, coupled with its legal challenge to Android, showed the company had replaced Microsoft as the enemy of open source.
"I do wonder who's next in the shift from open source commitment that Oracle seems to be leading," he said. Adobe maybe? µ