It’s official: Solaris is now open source.
Wow. I never thought I’d be typing those words. Congrats to all the folks at Sun. I can only imagine how much work it was to pull this off with a codebase of that size and complex lineage (Jim Grisanzio gives a peek behind the scenes in his weblog). I’m downloading the Solaris Express Community Release now, which, according to the release notes, you have to install before doing anything else.
Speaking of the release notes, reading them takes me back to Linux circa 1993—you know, back before package systems and graphical installers and all that. This is gonna be fun, though my idea of fun isn’t exactly mainstream. Sun has a lot of work to do to polish up the installation experience before this is ready for prime time, but simply getting all the code out there in buildable form is a great first step.
Hmm.. Say, maybe someone out in the community will build an OpenSolaris distro that’s nicely packaged?