On June 14, 2005 after a long wait and millions of DTrace downloads, the gates of Solaris were thrown Open!
The OpenSolaris project is an open source operating system, a community development effort and a place for collaboration and conversation about OpenSolaris technology. It is aimed at developers and users who want to develop and improve operating systems. The OpenSolaris technology represents cutting edge operating system design, but the innovation is just getting started!
Sun's Solaris has been a dominant force on the server-side, and open-sourcing it has been long debated.
For those who want to have a look before they download the 45MB of C code, there is an OpenSolaris Source Browser.
You can either download the source code and build it with gcc or install from pre-built archives.
OpenSolaris code can be downloaded and built for both, the SPARC and x86 platform. Infact its the same code, but depending on the platform its built differently!
Whether you are a user or developer and have basic understanding of Unix and C, you should not miss this open-source initiative.
This also makes Sun, the biggest contributor to open-source code. OpenOffice, Solaris, what will be Sun's next move?
It all sounds Geek to me! [Gautam Arora]