THE WOULD-BE DARK EMPIRE of the computing world, Oracle has carried out a night of the long knives on the open source version of its Solaris operating system.
There had been fears that Oracle, which is no big fan of open source software, would kill off Open Solaris after it took over Sun and these have proven to be well founded.
As yet the news has not been announced but according to an internal email that was leaked over the weekend, that is not going to be long in coming.
Penned by Oracle Solaris executives Mike Shapiro, Bill Nesheim and Chris Armes, the email says that Oracle will no longer distribute source code for the entirety of the Solaris operating system in real-time while it is developed, on a nightly basis.
Oracle wants 'new technology innovations' to show up in its releases before the great unwashed get them, the email said.
The Oracle executives said the firm will now release a developer edition of Solaris 11 as "Solaris 11 Express" with optional support service, by the end of the year. Customers on older Open Solaris releases will be "encouraged" to migrate to the new Express platform although it is not clear how this will be accomplished.
Oracle had not been telling anyone about its plans for Open Solaris. The Open Solaris Governing Board threatened to dissolve in July if Oracle failed to appoint a liaison officer by August. It hasn't done so yet, and we guess it is not going to now. µ
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