Oracle director of product management Dan Roberts has said that OpenSolaris will not vanish due to the new acquisition, but instead, Oracle will develop a new version of the software called OpenSolaris 2010.03.

Roberts said: “Oracle will continue to make OpenSolaris available as open source, and Oracle will continue to actively support and participate in the community. “Oracle is investing more in Solaris than Sun did prior to the acquisition, and will continue to contribute technologies to OpenSolaris, as Oracle already does for many other open source projects.”

There will, however, be some features that will not be available in open source in the future, Roberts explained. “There may be some things we choose not to open source going forward, similar to how MySQL manages certain value add at the top of the stack,” he said. “It’s important to understand the plan now is to deliver value again out of our IP investment, while at the same time measuring that with continuing to deliver.”