Sun's open source storage

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From earlier this week:

Looking to help users to more easily build low-cost storage options for Solaris-based systems from multiple vendors, Sun Microsystems Inc. today announced plans to donate pieces of its storage application software and hardware technology to the OpenSolaris open-source developer community.

Sun said the initiative will be rolled out over the next few months, offering incremental source code additions from Sun’s storage product line, its StorageTek portfolio and other storage-related technologies to the open-source storage community at, noted Nigel Dessau, senior vice president of marketing for Sun.

There have been issues with the way Sun has licensed OpenSolaris to date that have troubled some potential users (remember “open source” doesn’t always mean “do whatever you want with it.”). We’ll have to see what the implications are for this announcement.