Last nail pounded in as OpenSolaris board resigns

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Oracle logoSimon Phipps posted on Monday that the OpenSolaris Governing Board has, as expected, resigned in response to lack of attention and leaked emails coming out of Oracle

From Simon’s post

Motion concerning dissolution of the OGB

Whereas Oracle has continued to ignore requests to appoint a liaison to work with the OGB concerning the future of OpenSolaris development and our community, and

Whereas Oracle distributed an email to its employees on Aug 13 2010 that set forth Oracle’s decision to unilaterally terminate the development partnership between Oracle and the OpenSolaris Community, and

Whereas, without the continued support and participation of Oracle in the open development of OpenSolaris, the OGB and the community Sun/Oracle created to support the open Solaris development partnership have no meaning, and

Whereas the desire and enthusiasm for continuing open development of the OpenSolaris code base has clearly passed out of Oracle’s (and thus this community’s) hands into other communities,

Be it Resolved that the OpenSolaris Governing Board hereby collectively resigns, noting that under the terms of the OpenSolaris Charter section 1.1 (and Constitution 1.3.5) the responsibility to appoint an OGB passes to Oracle.

It is fascinating, and disturbing, to me that Oracle evidently hasn’t even had the courtesy to reach out to these people and close the loop with them. How…well, rude.


  1. The Great and Powerful OZ… er Larry has (not) spoken…

  2. Minor niggle, Simon’s surname is Phipps, not Phillips. 🙂

  3. He probably doesn’t think it’s minor… :-). I’ll fix it.