'Rumors have been circulating since late last year that Oracle was
planning to kill development of the Solaris operating system, with
major layoffs coming to the operating system's development team.
Others speculated that future versions of the Unix platform Oracle
acquired with Sun Microsystems would be designed for the cloud and
built for the Intel platform only and that the SPARC processor line
would meet its demise. The good news, based on a recently released
Oracle roadmap for the SPARC platform, is that both Solaris and SPARC
appear to have a future.
The bad news is that the next major version of Solaris—Solaris 12— has
apparently been canceled, as it has disappeared from the roadmap.
Instead, it's been replaced with "Solaris 11.next"—and that version is
apparently the only update planned for the operating system through
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