Sun Microsystems is taking its first public steps toward the delivery of its binary distribution of the OpenSolaris open source Unix operating system that underpins its Solaris Unix distribution by putting out the OpenSolaris Developer Edition. The software is the first milestone toward the delivery of a full OpenSolaris binary distribution in early 2008.
While the open source nature of the BSD and Linux operating systems attracts a certain number of nerds, techies, and hackers, there is much larger population of IT people (including developers, system administrators, high-end users, and students) that could compile an operating system and install it but which has better things to do with their time. That's why BSD Unixes and various Linuxes have been available in binary compiled format as well as open source for many years, and it is also why Sun has figured out that if it wants to increase participation in the OpenSolaris development release, it has to provide a binary distribution for free just as it has done for more than two years for the Solaris 10 commercial variant of its Unix. This is what Project Indiana is all about, which is why Ian Murdock, the former Debian Linux leader who Sun hired earlier this year as its chief operating platforms officer, is the perfect person to get this particular job done.
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