Blastwave is dead


Note : This page may contain outdated information and/or broken links; some of the formatting may be mangled due to the many different code-bases this site has been through in over 20 years; my opinions may have changed etc. etc.

Earlier on today, the main Blastwave website got replaced by this message :

Blastwave is a registered trademark of Inc. in the
United States and Canada. All assets of Inc. are frozen
until further notice. All Solaris(tm) related open source software
work and services are cancelled. All websites, documents and binary
software packages that bear the mark Blastwave or Blastwave(tm) are no
longer available until further notice.

At the same time, mailing lists, shell logins and other services seem to have been shutdown and/or removed from DNS. None of this came with any warning or notification to the maintainers, and I still don’t know what’s going on. I can’t access any of the build servers, so it’s fairly safe to assume that my build scripts, packages, documentation, and everything else I’ve been working on for the Solaris community over the last 5 years is gone also. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also reports that someone has been attempting to sabotage various mirror sites. I don’t know how to take that - but frankly, right now, I don’t care. I’m out. I’ve had it with the political fighting and drama. Many maintainers had already left following the last spat - I simply don’t have the will to get involved in it any more, the damage has already been done. If anyone is still using my Blastwave packages (PostgreSQL, Nessus, PHP4, and some others) I recommend you switch to something else, like Sun’s own CoolStack or OpenSolaris.

There’s plenty more I could say, but at this point I think it’s perhaps better to simply leave it. It’s a sad day for me: seeing years of work towards something that I believed in, and helped a great many people, all go to ruin. It’s even sadder for the Solaris community as a whole; this was a true grass-roots organisation - made up from like-minded Solaris users, admins, programmers and fans - who gave up countless hours of their own time to help others. I think the least we deserve is an explanation, but somehow I don’t think one at this stage would make any difference anyway.

Update : People have been mailing me to say the main page is back up - true, but it’s a case of "the lights are on, but no one’s home". Check the thread in comp.unix.solaris.