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A former Sun Microsystems' executive has re-assured worried OpenSolaris users the open-source operating system has a future under new owner Oracle. Dan Roberts, Oracle director of product management, has said the database giant will continue to invest in OpenSolaris and will deliver the operating system's next incarnation: …

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Right Decision

...and I am not waiting for Richard Stallman to rant about those nasty commercialists.

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Commercialists?

Contrary to that popular misconception, Stallman doesn't have a problem with people making money: it's the making of proprietary software he has a problem with.

Of course, if Sun (erm, Oracle) were to use a mainstream Free Software licence like, say, GPLv3 for OpenSolaris then you'd have Stallman's congratulations making their way to Oracle immediately, regardless of whether Oracle are selling it as a product.

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Cautiously good news

Oracle leaving the current arrangement re OpenSolaris is good news - both for Oracle and the wider OSS community. What I'd be interested in hearing is whether they're going to continue the enlightened policy of allowing folks to have free licenses on the "full fat" Solaris product - or are they going to parallel RedHat and have a free (OpenSolaris/Fedora) and a paid-for-only product line (Solaris/RHEL)?

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MySQL anyone?

yeah right, like I'm going to believe anything those oracle muppets are saying...

Like they never bought companies just to kill their products.

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MySQL can't be killed

MySQL is released under the GPL. That means it *can't* be killed! Even if Oracle stop releasing new versions altogether, some third party can carry on where they left off.

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The irony of Linux

The irony is that Linux is basically a little copy Solaris.

It was Sun which started with open BSD UNIX, merged scalable SMP multiprocessing capabilities into Solaris, provided a great deal of code & specifications in their open projects which found their way into other OS's (like Linux), and completely returned to their open roots after nearly a complete re-write of all the proprietary code.

It is a shame how the industry hates open and willfully forgets history.

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