Re: Sun release source code for Solaris 8

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From: Robert S. Thau (
Date: Fri Jan 28 2000 - 12:51:51 PST

Ernest N. Prabhakar writes:
> Well, isn't that the question of what they're doing NOW, since they've
> promised a real Open Source release?

Ummm... I'm not aware that Sun has actually promised that; could you
supply a reference? The Red Herring article on Solaris 8, and
ZDnet's coverage at SRO, both say that it's released under the same
old "Community License" that Sun has been peddling for a while now,
with the same obnoxious restrictions. The SRO article describes some
wrinkles I wasn't even aware of --- if you want to distribute modified
versions of "community licensed" code, you must not only pay Sun fees
and pass compatibility tests, which you have to separately license if
it's anything like Java, but you *also* may have to provide Sun with
training for new features of your modified version. This article is

The article which Sally forwarded did talk about an "open source"
Solaris release, but it talked very little about licensing issues
generally, and given all the other coverage, I've been assuming
that they had just gotten confused by Sun blowing smoke...


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