OpenSolaris 2010.03 missing in action has spawned a number of articles questioning its fate, some of them bordering on ignorance and FUD … or pile of junk and total bullshit if you don’t care being too polite.
Personally I am not too worried that OpenSolaris is going anywhere, I am quite certain that both @c0t0d0s0 and @pfuetz know something that I don’t when calling articles about the death of OpenSolaris as FUD. But it does show that with Oracle OpenSolaris will no longer be “open”.
We still have no idea when the 2010.03 release is coming out. And while I appreciate that Oracle states facts when they are facts they need to understand that “Open” should not only refer to the code but the release dates (and numerous other things) as well. Nobody talked about the death of Windows when Vista was delayed, noone announced the death of Debian, in spite of its numerous jokes about its release cycle, yet people were quick to do so for OpenSolaris. A simple announcement about a revised expected release date would go much way in silencing the critics. A page on release critical bugs, allowing everyone to peak and potentially assist in fixing currently open issues, would go even further. But there is nothing of that sort. No insight on fixes still pending, no release engineering group to provide a new ETA, no official statement from Oracle.
Sure, the code is still -and will hopefully will be- there for anyone to grab. Yet, calling OpenSolaris open doesn’t make it any more open than Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Sure, the source is published but other than that everything else is tightly controlled by a corporate overlord. Which makes both of them not so open, at least in my book.