Loiacono: It was a race to get features in as soon as we could [into Solaris]. Our first update [of Solaris 10] will be in December. ZFS is rocket science, it's a new breakthrough. It's taken longer than we wanted [to include ZFS in the operating system]. The Solaris update will be independent of Sun's quarterly product launch on Dec. 6. That launch will be around the hardware announcement in terms of compiler technologies, platforms and support.
IDGNS: What's the road map for Nevada, the next major release of Solaris?
It's not Nevada. Some technologists internally have used that name. It's Solaris Next. New code becomes available in OpenSolaris and is integrated and tested, then there's a distribution, a commercial release version called Solaris. Every three to five months, you'll see the next update to Solaris. ZFS is in OpenSolaris and will be available in Solaris in the spring of 2006.
IDGNS: How is OpenDocument going, the OASIS consortium's push to make Open Document Format for Office Applications [OpenDocument] a global standard? [NB: The interview took place prior to Microsoft Corp.'s announcement Tuesday that it plans to submit its rival Office Open XML (extensible markup language) document format technology to the International Standards Organization (ISO).]
Loiacono: OpenDocument has gone extremely well, we can't believe who's come out of the woodwork [to support the file format]. Look at the State of Massachusetts. The big question is how will the other vendor respond?
IDGNS: So, how do you expect Microsoft to respond?
Loiacono: I don't see how they can't but support it [OpenDocument] over time. It's not [Microsoft] Office that locks customers in, it's the file format that does it.