OpenSolaris: Oracle, where art thou?
After a prolonged wait, Oracle have now completed their takeover of Sun. Late January, they presented their plans for taking Sun's products forward.
OpenSolaris wasn't even mentioned.If you look carefully, it's on a slide, but that's about it.
That silence has continued. OpenSolaris has - publicly at least - been completely ignored by Oracle. It's as if we don't exist.
Somewhat perturbed by this state of affairs, I asked for a communication channel to be established between Oracle and the OGB. This was ignored. The OGB pointed out (in pretty strong terms) to those Sun staff that we do have communication with that some level of contact was needed. We haven't heard back.
It's not as if we're asking for much; the very basic start of a conversation. I've no doubt that Oracle are very busy, but not even bothering to say hello?
Recently, Oracle sent a welcome letter to (some of) the OpenSolaris User Group leaders. While any contact is welcome, the manner in which it was done was unfortunate. It ignored OpenSolaris as a whole, ignored all the other groups that make up the OpenSolaris community, and completely bypassed the Governing Board. This is shockingly poor treatment.
I've attempted to make contact. Again, this approach has been completely ignored. I have not even been accorded the common courtesy of an acknowledgment.
I'm not the only one. It's clear that the OpenSolaris community are very concerned, and they're being left completely in the dark. Ben blogged an Open Letter to Oracle and that doesn't seem to have elicited any response either.
At a most basic level, this is simply impolite. Even downright rude. Is it a sign of something more sinister? Well, nothing at all has been said that would allow anyone ta make a judgment, but it's fuelling the FUD machine.
Needless to say, this is pretty inauspicious start to a relationship. It's about time for Oracle to stop avoiding us and make their intentions known, especially with the OpenSolaris Governing Board Elections just round the corner.