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Aug 24 2010   4:22PM GMT

OpenSolaris governing board disbands

Matt Stansberry Matt Stansberry Profile: Matt Stansberry

OpenSolaris governing board resigns: Be it Resolved that the OpenSolaris Governing Board hereby collectively and individually resigns, noting that under the terms of the OpenSolaris Charter section 1.3.5 the responsibility to appoint an OGB passes to Oracle.

Many folks saw this coming for a while. “Saddened, certainly, but not shocked. The sleigh ride is officially over. As far as the community and governance is concerned, the OGB played right into Oracle’s hand. It might as well have been engineered this way,” wrote Ben Rockwood.

Matt Asay tweeted: I think it’s been dead for a long time. We just hadn’t pronounced its eulogy. Oracle simply made the death official.

“The god-king CEO of Oracle doesn’t give a damn about any open source that doesn’t directly benefit Oracle. The moment Oracle acquired Sun, OpenSolaris’ fate was sealed,” wrote Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols. Nichols expects other former Sun open source projects to go away as well. “Other old Sun open-source projects will start getting their official pink slips around October. Why October? Because that’s when Oracle can claim the projects aren’t profitable, and it’ll be long enough after Oracle acquired Sun to avoid any troublesome merger and acquisition legal questions.”

The ray of hope for OpenSolaris users is Illumos, an open source project to develop an OS based on the core OpenSolaris technologies.

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