We were fortunate enough today to have Dan Roberts along to answer questions. A log of the session is available - for the conversation with DanR look just after the noon mark.
Positive, simple and straightforward:
Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community
Oracle will also continue to deliver OpenSolaris releases, including the upcoming OpenSolaris 2010.03 release.
In terms of investment:
Oracle is investing more in Solaris than Sun did prior to the acquisition, and will continue to contribute technologies to OpenSolaris, as Oracle already does for many other open source projects
Questioned on open development:
Oracle will continue to develop technologies in the open, as we do today
with the caveat:
There may be some things we choose not to open source going forward, similar to how MySQL manages certain value add at the top of the stack.
(Although the model that came to my mind was the fishworks/analytics add-ons that go into the open storage systems. So that's not a change.)
In reply to a question "for 'regular' users and contributor to Open Solaris - do you figure that anything will change in terms of how open solaris is delivered and how developers contribute?":
Love to see the tech journal crowd participating! And yes, regular users will find things mostly unchanged. Contributors also.
On the subject of User Groups, there's already been some outreach (as I've noted before). Part of the story here is that Oracle have a group for community support, so that group will take over the support that has come from Sun in the past. User groups still look after themselves, but wil be centrally supported (if they want and need it) through the new route. I also expect some user groups to form relationships with other organisations such as the independent Oracle User Groups, and all user groups will be free to take whatever steps they wish to in that area.
Support is an area that has been contentious recently. On this:
And Oracle will ensure customers running OpenSolaris have an option for support on Oracle Sun Systems where it's required, though given the very little sales here this will not be something we expect many customers to deploy going forward. Solaris is our focus, on both SPARC and x86.
(Read it this way: if anybody wanted support, they should have paid up. I've heard what "very little sales" means. My one concern in this area is support for Solaris/OpenSolaris on 3rd-party systems.)
All in all, though, thanks to Dan for sticking his head above the parapet. And - while there are clearly devils in the details - it's clear than Oracle plan to keep pushing OpenSolaris forward, so rumours of its death have been greatly exaggerated.