Friday, 20 January 2017 12:23

Oracle drops Solaris 12 from roadmap

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Oracle appears to have abandoned plans for Solaris 12, with no indication in its January roadmap of when this version will emerge.

There is only mention of Solaris 11.next (see graphic below) which is mentioned for cloud deployment and integration enhancements.

Back in 2014, Oracle had indicated in its roadmap that Solaris 12 would appear in 2017 and would be developed over the next two years.

Oracle became the owner of Solaris, an operating system developed by Sun Microsystems, when it acquired the latter company in 2010.

There were expectations that the operating system would continue to be developed but those hopes appear to have been dashed.

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Oracle has not been known to be a good custodian of the open source assets it acquired as part of the sale, hiving off OpenOffice.org to the Apache Foundation.

Both OpenOffice.org and MySQL were forked as LibreOffice and MariaDB respectively and now enjoy a major share of the market which their parent applications once did.

With Linux having cannibalised a great deal of the Solaris market, one can understand Oracle's logic in abandoning plans for Solaris 12.

According to the Oracle support policy, there is premier support for Solaris 11 until November 2013 and extended support until November 2034.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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