Sun’s ‘Project Copy Linux’ not a Linux copy
OSCON We went to OSCON, hoping to uncover some fresh details on Sun Microsystems’ “Project Indiana.” We mostly failed in this endeavor.
Sun’s operating system chief and Debian author Ian Murdock was at the event, elaborating on Project Indiana. He covered, for the most part, ground we’ve already been over, which places Indiana as Sun’s quasi copy of Red Hat’s Fedora project. The core of the new project revolves around Sun’s mission to release a fresh, supported version of OpenSolaris every six months.
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Traditionally, Sun has pumped out a full-fledged version of its Solaris OS every three or so years. Customers, however, have received early access to new features via a support service and can use those tools at their own risk. Sun also dishes out periodic updates with bundles of new tools, as you’d expect.
Now, Sun wants to give hardcore Solaris fans and developers quicker access to those tools via something resembling more of a proper, complete OS. Sun is still working out the exact nature of its support ambitions, although it’s likely to provide support for each version of OpenSolaris for 18 months after its release, according to Murdock. Sun hopes to dish out the first OpenSolaris release under the Project Indiana plan in the Spring of 2008.
Many pundits have said that Sun hopes to make Solaris more “Linux-like” with Project Indiana, although we struggle to see how that’s accurate. Sun is really just tweaking the Solaris release cycle in a way it should have done once the company committed to revitalizing Solaris x86 and to upping developer interest in the OS.
“It is not a Linux copy thing,” Murdock said. “It’s a best of both worlds thing.
“We’re adopting a model that moves into a two-tier release cycle where one option will be a fast moving, community version of Solaris for the early adopters. It’s meant to make Solaris appeal to a broader audience.”
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