It seems the death knell has well and truly sounded for OpenSolaris, leading to the dissolution of OGB.
In OGB’s meeting yesterday, the group decided to dissolute following a motion that was made by former OGB chairman John Plocher, and “unanimously (but sadly) adopted.”
It said this was down to the fact that Oracle had continued ignore requests to appoint a liaison to work with OGB concerning the future of OpenSolaris development and its community. It also said Oracle had distributed an email to its employees on the 13th of August 2010 that set forth Oracle’s decision to unilaterally terminate the development partnership between Oracle and the OpenSolaris Community.
The group said that without the continued support and participation of Oracle in the open development of OpenSolaris, OGB as well as the community Sun/Oracle created to support the OpenSolaris development partnership no longer has any meaning.
The announcement will probably not come as a surprise to the OpenSolaris community as many have been predicting this for a while. Just last week Steven Stallion, an external developer, wrote on the OpenSolaris blog about a report that appeared to give every sign that it would soon be as dead as an open source dodo.
He opened with the headline “OpenSolaris is dead” and relays an email from Oracle Solaris engineers that, he reckons, describes the attitude of Lounge Lizard Larry E on the future of open sauce.
The meeting notes are below:
At this morning’s OGB meeting, the motion below was made by Plocher,
seconded by Phipps and unanimously (but sadly) adopted.
(former) OGB Chair
Motion concerning dissolution of the OGB*
*Whereas* Oracle has continued ignore requests to appoint a liaison to work
with the OGB concerning the future of OpenSolaris development and our
*Whereas* Oracle distributed an email to its employees on Aug 13 2010 that
set forth Oracle’s decision to unilaterally terminate the development
partnership between Oracle and the OpenSolaris Community, and
*Whereas*, 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,
*Whereas* 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,
*Be it Resolved* that the OpenSolaris Governing Board hereby
collectivelyresigns, noting that under the terms of the OpenSolaris
Charter section 1.1
(and Constitution 1.3.5) the responsibility to appoint an OGB passes to