OpenSolaris is not dead (yet)
The openSolaris Governing Board (OGB) has resigned, leaving the former Sun (now Oracle) open source operating system without a community board for governance.
Does this mean that openSolaris is dead?
Not quite. The key problem (in my view) is that Oracle has been unresponsive to the OGB's requests on multiple issues of clarification. Without a line of communication about the future of openSolaris, I don't think that the OGB really had a choice as they were operating in a vacuum with no information.
With Solaris 11 development now underway for a 2011 release, Oracle's engineers (also coincidentally in my view the bulk of the contributors to openSolaris) are tasked with building the commercial Unix operating system. Oracle has told me that they are taking bits from openSolaris for Solaris 11 and there will also be new 'commercial' bits too.