[TUHS] Oracle euthanizes Solaris 12, expunging it from roadmap

Tim Bradshaw tfb at tfeb.org
Fri Jan 20 02:39:45 AEST 2017


Well, they are probably reacting to what their customers want which, in my experience working at a fairly typical customer up to a couple of years ago, is indeed Linux.  That's kind of sad, but Linux, much though I'd like to hate it, is unfortunately both a significantly more pleasant experience as a user & administrator, and a lot easier to hire people for.  It's 20 years too late for Solaris to have a future.

> On 19 Jan 2017, at 14:40, Arthur Krewat <krewat at kilonet.net> wrote:
> 
> Let's hope they do the right thing and release Solaris into the wild again. ZFS in particular.
> 
> Personally, I think they are making a huge mistake. What are they going to do, move to Linux? Oh, right... the "cloud" will be Linux.
> 
> Blech.
> 
>> On 1/19/2017 3:49 AM, Wesley Parish wrote:
>> I suppose that set of rumours will lead to people shifting to the FOSS versions
>> of Solaris and SPARC.
>> 
>> Wesley Parish
>> 
>> Quoting Kay Parker      <kayparker at mailite.com>:
>> 
>>> guess it is the beginning of the end of Solaris and the Sparc CPU:
>>> 'Rumors have been circulating since late last year that Oracle was
>>> planning to kill development of the Solaris operating system, with
>>> major
>>> layoffs coming to the operating system's development team. Others
>>> speculated that future versions of the Unix platform Oracle acquired
>>> with Sun Microsystems would be designed for the cloud and built for the
>>> Intel platform only and that the SPARC processor line would meet its
>>> demise. The good news, based on a recently released Oracle roadmap for
>>> the SPARC platform, is that both Solaris and SPARC appear to have a
>>> future.
>>> 
>>> The bad news is that the next major version of Solaris—Solaris 12—
>>> has
>>> apparently been canceled, as it has disappeared from the roadmap.
>>> Instead, it's been replaced with "Solaris 11.next"—and that version
>>> is
>>> apparently the only update planned for the operating system through
>>> 2021.
>>> 
>>> With its on-premises software and hardware sales in decline, Oracle has
>>> been undergoing a major reorganization over the past two years as it
>>> attempts to pivot toward the cloud. Those changes led to a major speed
>>> bump in the development cycle for Java Enterprise Edition, a slowdown
>>> significant enough that it spurred something of a Java community
>>> revolt.
>>> Oracle later announced a new roadmap for Java EE that recalibrated
>>> expectations, focusing on cloud services features for the next version
>>> of the software platform. '
>>> 
>> http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2017/01/oracle-sort-of-confirms-demise-of-solaris-12-effort/
>>> -- 
>>>  Kay Parker
>>>  kayparker at mailite.com
>>> 
>>> -- 
>>> http://www.fastmail.com - The way an email service should be
>>> 
>>>  
>> 
>> 
>> "I have supposed that he who buys a Method means to learn it." - Ferdinand Sor,
>> Method for Guitar
>> 
>> "A verbal contract isn't worth the paper it's written on." -- Samuel Goldwyn
>> 
>> 
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