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Old 18th June 2010
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Default Oracle terminates HP's Solaris OEM contract

From a letter of HP to it's Solaris customers:

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As you may have heard, Oracle has exercised its right to terminate HP's Solaris technical support agreement. If you have purchased Solaris 10 Subscriptions and Software Technical Support for HP ProLiant servers from HP, then you will continue to receive subscription support from Oracle and technical support from HP for the period of your contract. You will be able to purchase 1 and 3 year Solaris 10 Subscriptions and Support from HP until July1, 2010. No renewals will be accepted after this date. HP will deliver technical support through June 30, 2013. After that date, HP will no longer be in a position to provide Solaris technical support.
See http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/06...es_hp_solaris/ for the whole story.
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Solaris looks dead to me for sometime now. This is just another indication that Solaris 11 will never happen...
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Has Oracle actually published any kind of roadmap for what they want to do with Solaris, or are they just keeping everyone in the dark until mushrooms sprout?
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Has Oracle actually published any kind of roadmap for what they want to do with Solaris...
One has to understand the (generic) corporate mentality to answer this question. Perhaps you already understand the game, but I'm sure there are readers of this thread that don't know the unspoken rules by which corporations operate.

If company xyzzy were to say publicly, "We're killing off product xyz!", customers would take xyzzy at their word & stop buying xyz & increasingly curtail buying any products related to supporting xyz (They may already have bought xyz, & need to repeatedly buy collateral products to feed their xyz...).

The dilemma is when company xyzzy has lots of xyz sitting in a warehouse. If the company were to announce that it is killing off further development & production of xyz, the value of all the xyz in the warehouse suddenly drops. Sales types, & boards of directors don't like to see corporate investments take a nosedive, so to maintain the rate of sales, employees of xyzzy are instructed to say nothing publicly.

So, companies rarely announce bad news unless they are forced to do so for legal reasons, the remaining inventory of xyz has such little value that to reclaim the storage space is deemed more important, or absolutely no development resources remain supporting xyz. It could be that the last copy of xyz has been sold.

So to answer your question, if Oracle has good news about the future of Solaris, they will say it in time. If they are in the process of labeling Solaris a "mature" product, they will say nothing. Customers then have the dilemma of deciding whether corporate silence means that a company is working on the next generation, & just aren't ready to make details public yet, or whether silence means that the product is dying.

Reading between the lines of corporate press announcements to find the truth can drive one mad.
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This is the only road map I found, http://www.oracle.com/features/suncustomers.html
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