> From: Tim Cook [mailto:t...@cook.ms]
> Why would I spend all that time and
> energy participating in ANOTHER list controlled by Oracle, when they have
> shown they have no qualms about eliminating it with basically 0 warning, at
> their whim?
>From an open source, community perspective, I understand and agree with this
>sentiment. If OSS projects behave this way, they die. The purpose of an
>oracle-hosted mailing list is not for the sake of being open in any way. It's
>for the sake of allowing public discussions about their product. While a
>certain amount of knowledge will exist with or without the list (people can
>still download solaris 11 for evaluation purposes and test it out on the honor
>system) there will be less oracle-specific knowledge in existence without the
>list. For anyone who's 100% dedicated to OSS and/or illumos and doesn't care
>about oracle-specific stuff, there's no reason to use that list. But for
>those of us who are sysadmins, developers using eval-licensed solaris, or in
>any way not completely closed to the possibility of using oracle zfs /
>solaris... For those of us, it makes sense.
Guess what, I formerly subscribed to netapp-toasters as well. Until zfs came
along and I was able to happily put netapp in my past. Perhaps someday I'll
leave zfs behind in favor of btrfs. But not yet.
Guess what also, there is a very active thriving Microsoft forum out there too.
And they don't even let you download MS Office or Windows for evaluation
purposes - they're even more closed than Oracle in this regard. They learned
their lesson about piracy and the honor system. ;-)
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