OpenSolaris board may disband over Oracle silence

Posted by Penguin on Jul 16, 2010 1:36 AM EDT
Techworld; By Chris Kanaracus and Joab Jackson
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Frustrated by what they consider poor treatment and lack of interest from Oracle, members of the OpenSolaris Governing Board are essentially delivering an ultimatum to the vendor, asking that it appoint a liaison to the group by no later than Aug. 16, or else the board will be disbanded.

That executive should have "the authority to talk about the future of OpenSolaris and its interaction with the OpenSolaris community," according to minutes of the board's meeting, held Monday. "Otherwise the OGB will take action at the August 23 meeting to trigger the clause in the OGB charter that will return control of the community to Oracle."

Community members work on code for OpenSolaris, but Oracle retains control over what is ultimately included in its official distribution. Board members have been upset with the lack of communication from Oracle over the timing of future releases, among other matters.

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