[conspire] More distro politics: Mandriva to Mageia. OpenIndiana.

Tony Godshall tony at of.net
Tue Sep 21 21:07:01 PDT 2010

> I mentioned earlier the leaking of an Oracle memo disclosing that they
> were silently killing OpenSolaris -- something that came as no surprise,
> and arrived almost simultaneously with a number of traditional Solaris
> developers forming the Illumos project, to finish the job of
> open-sourcing OpenSolaris and permanently free it of corporate bullshit.
> (I freely translate.)
> Semi-independently but under the same Illumos Foundation umbrella group,
> 'OpenIndiana' has been launched to do specific OS releases based on the
> Illumos development codebase that will be binary-compatible with
> Oracle's Solaris releases going forward.  (To explain the name, Sun's
> leading-edge effort to revamp traditional Solaris was called 'Project
> Indiana'.)
> http://openindiana.org/
> http://illumos.org/
> Quoting the OpenIndiana wiki:
>  Q:  What is the relationship between OpenIndiana and Illumos?
>  A:  OpenIndiana provides a complete, ready-to-use operating system
>  (distribution) similar to the OpenSolaris distribution. The Illumos
>  Project develops the core software for the operating system such as the
>  kernel. As Illumos is not a distribution, OpenIndiana will combine the
>  Illumos core with additional software that Oracle still develops in the
>  open. This is analogous to how Debian, Fedora, and Ubuntu all use the
>  Linux kernel and software from the GNU Project, but combine them with
>  additional software to produce a complete system.

And of course, it was named Project Indiana by the founder of Debian,
from Indiana.  Debian was, he has said, to some extent an attempt to
make an open source OS that would let him have his own workstation
like the Sun workstations they had at IU.


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