If you're familiar with the UNIX operating system, perhaps you wonder what it will look like in the future given its long and varied history. We think it will look a lot like OpenSolaris, which is heavily influenced by the open source developer communities, especially by Linux developers.

In 2005, Sun Microsystems released the source code for one of its "crown jewels," Solaris 10, under an OSI-approved open source license and created the community. Since that time, the numbers of OpenSolaris end users, user groups, application developers, and contributing kernel engineers have grown worldwide to several hundred thousand participants, and the number continues to increase.

We recognized that although there are myriad ...

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