On Wed, Jan 18, 2023 at 9:20 AM Larry McVoy <lm@mcvoy.com> wrote:
Pretty unrealistic to expect the users to suddenly have the time to do
kernel dev.  Solaris opened sourced itself and it's dead.

That one's not entirely on the users.

There's plenty of blame for Oracle as well.

I was the person nominally in charge of the OpenSolaris port to z (Neale Ferguson did most of the heavy lifting) when Sine Nomine built it, having read the tea leaves and believing that IBM would buy Sun.  And then IBM tightened the screws a little too far and Larry Ellison grabbed it instead.  Dammit.

OpenSolaris development had been pretty lively, but then Oracle made it clear they didn't have any interest in keeping it alive.  Illumos did its best.