[nycbug-talk] Sun Acquires MySQL

Siobhan Patricia Lynch trish at bsdunix.net
Thu Jan 17 14:33:50 EST 2008

On Thu, 17 Jan 2008, Pete Wright wrote:

>> I need to read the Sun site a bit more thoroughly about their licensing,
>> particularly with OpenSolaris, before I'd call it open source though.
>> Most references note that their open source licensing isn't exactly that.
> sure it is :)  seriously though, i've doing some development work on
> solaris and open-solaris lately and i've noticed a couple things that i
> find positive.  i think it's great that there are sun engineers as well
> as other developers on the @opensolaris mailing lists.  while it is
> definatly not the same development model as *BSD or the linux kernel,
> i'll take it as a step in the right direction.  it's nice to be able to
> follow specific bugs pop up and see that engineers are working on them
> with out you having to purchase a support contract etc...

I'm now working as the project lead for a company that is working on a 
Turnkey PCIDSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Specification) Box 
for retail chains, and we're using OpenSolaris. it is definitely Open 
Source, though my big issues have to do with the closed nature of the 
development teams themselves. For instance, there is an El Torito boot 
bug in GRUB that was reported over a year ago, the person even submitted a 
(rather good) patch as well. It still is not fixed in the current version, 
not allowing me to boot off external USB CD/DVDs. The way I see it is, 
things go so *slow* in the Open Solaris community, while BSD development 
is a bit faster, Linux even faster still.

Granted its very stable, and some of the features (like zones with 
exclusive IP stacks bound to virtual NICs) are nice, and aren;t available 
anywhere else. Jails don;t have stack exclusivity, and thier own routing 
tables, they share it with the host and the other jails.

Anyway, I am somewhat enjoying the OpenSolaris building I'm doing these 

Siobhan Patricia Lynch
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