OpenSolaris Governing Board effort on turning some lights on OpenSolaris future
Well, After sometime that Oracle decided to keep complete silence, either on analog radio or via digital mediums, OGB (OpenSolaris Governing Board) which is a body of some experienced community member governing the community took action and called on Oracle publicly to decide about what it is going to do about the project.
Long story short, because of Oracle silence about what is going on behind the curtains community members turned restless of not knowing what will happen next which the piece of software they deployed into some of their customers server rooms. Some are looking to know when they can install the promised upgrade on the customer machines to reduce the disk space usage while other are ballistic not knowing whether they should go with OpenSolaris installations or they should turn to *BSD or Linux variants and give up on OpenSolaris.
These concerns raised many times in the mailing list to the point where “OpenSolaris is dead/ is dying” messages surpass all other technical discussions and Some of thees messages seemed inappropriate enough for the Oracle staff to threaten that they are prepared to take action up to “moderation and/or deactivation” of the list.
Jim Grisanzio: warning about mail on this list – [Tue Jun 29 16:43:47 UTC 2010]@ http://mail.opensolaris.org/pipermail/opensolaris-discuss/2010-June/057703.html
Many more messages posted to the list with different comments and analysis of situation with Solaris/ OpenSolaris product and project. These comments lead to another warning from Oracle staff:
Alan Burlison: Yet another warning about behaviour on this list – [Thu Jul 15 14:41:16 UTC 2010]@http://mail.opensolaris.org/pipermail/opensolaris-discuss/2010-July/058383.html
Despite repeated warnings, some people are continuing to badmouth each other on this list. As explained previously, this is not acceptable. We’ve been warning people who have overstepped the mark, from this point on we won’t be doing that, we’ll just be immediately closing accounts and unsubscribing people from all of the opensolaris.org lists.
If that proves ineffective we will consider other measures such as putting the list into moderation or shutting it down entirely.
Be quite clear, this unacceptable behaviour must stop, and now.
Apologies to the vast majority of the list members who clearly aren’t the cause of the problem.
The Oracle silence take long enough and the “OpenSolaris is dead/ going to die…” threads number and messages grow big enough to the point where OGB decided to weigh in and take action, but OGB has almost no control over anything these days and the only thing that they decided to do is calling on Oracle publicly and letting Oracle staff know that they are going to step down and resign from being the OGB if they have no power, official knowledge about what is the faith of the software that they are governing. @ http://wiki.genunix.org:8080/wiki/index.php/2010_07_12_OGB_Agenda
The OGB is keen to promote the uptake and open development of OpenSolaris and to work on behalf of the community with Oracle, as such the OGB needs Oracle to appoint a liaison by August 16, 2010, who has the authority to talk about the future of OpenSolaris and its interaction with the OpenSolaris community. Otherwise the OGB will take action at the August 23 meeting to trigger the clause in the OGB charter that will return control of the community to Oracle.
Now that OGB decided to publicly call on Oracle as a body of members elected by the community, Oracle need to send some response back. But what can be the response from Oracle? I think one of the following will happen:
- Oracle will appoint a liaison and take part in the governance board, restructure it and assure community about the what is going on.
- Oracle will act like nothing happened and no message like that has even been published but come forth with some resolutions at a later time after the ultimatum ended.
- Oracle will come forth with some tanks and carrier class ships filled with Stark industries Iron Men and close down the project axing everyone posted harsh comments
I believe the first alternative is what will happen despite some of the community members believe on some version of the last alternative and demolish of OpenSolaris.