Sun Microsystems has made its main Solaris operating system open source to enable it to better compete with its open source rival Linux and Microsoft’s Windows OS.
The site carries the Solaris source code, a new source browser, build tools, documentation, a community portal, mailing lists and Sun and independent developer blogs that carry further technical information.
The OpenSolaris source base currently stands at 10 million lines of code and Sun says this will expand as developers contribute further applications using the Solaris OS.
Sun promised to make Solaris open source at the beginning of the year and in the meantime it has been distributing specific open source tools to prepare the developer community for the launch.
Details of the open source move are available at the www.opensolaris.org developer community site.