This link purports to be a leaked internal memo to the Solaris Engineering team detailing Oracle’s plans for the Solaris operating system.
Next release of Solaris will be Solaris 11 in 2011. Solaris 11 Express binary release available later this year; with free Developer RTU and optional support plan No more “OpenSolaris” distribution releases. No more nightly source code drops. New features will be shown to the outside world in full yearly Solaris releases. Source code to Solaris will be released under the CDDL *after* binary releases CDDL will still be used; all new source will be CDDL-licensed Committed to delivery of binary releases, APIs in source or binary form, open source code, technical documentation, and engineering of upstream contributions to common industry technologies
“All of Oracle’s efforts on binary distributions of Solaris technology will be focused on Solaris 11. We will not release any other binary distributions, such as nightly or bi-weekly builds of Solaris binaries, or an OpenSolaris 2010.05 or later distribution. We will determine a simple, cost-effective means of getting enterprise users of prior OpenSolaris binary releases to migrate to S11 Express.”
Personally, I think this is a good thing. It eliminates the confusion that had grown around “OpenSolaris”. Was it a binary operating system distribution? Was it the collected source code bundles that made up Solaris? Was it the source and/or binary blobs that could be installed over an existing Solaris installation to make an “OpenSolaris” install? And so forth.