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The Sudden Death and Eternal Life of Solaris
By Bryan Cantrill
September 4, 2017,
Volume 235, Issue 1

Bryan blogs at The Observation Deck, "As had been rumored for a while, Oracle effectively killed Solaris on Friday [the 1st]. When I first saw this, I had assumed that this was merely a deep cut, but in talking to Solaris engineers still at Oracle, it is clearly much more than that. It is a cut so deep as to be fatal: the core Solaris engineering organization lost on the order of 90% of its people, including essentially all management.

Of note, among the engineers I have spoken with, I heard two things repeatedly: 'this is the end' and (from those who managed to survive Friday) 'I wish I had been laid off.' Gone is any of the optimism (however tepid) that I have heard over the years - and embarrassed apologies for Oracle's behavior have been replaced with dismay about the clumsiness, ineptitude and callousness with which this final cut was handled..."

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