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Re: Debian based GNU/Solaris: pilot program

On Thu, 2005-11-03 at 11:57 -0800, Thomas Bushnell BSG wrote:
> Erast Benson <erast@gnusolaris.org> writes:
> >> Please stop mentioning the FreeBSD port as an example of your licensing
> >> problems. There is no license problem with the BSD kernel, and 
> >> GNU/kFreeBSD uses dpkg for a long time now.
> >
> > ok. lets assume Debian and Nexenta communities needs to sort out
> > GNU/Solaris's non-glic port issue. It is still serious one. Please help
> > to resolve it.
> If the authors of the GPLd software in question are going to insist on
> the GPL, which I think they are: consider, gcc, dpkg, and so forth,
> which are GPLd and whose authors are not going to bend; and if Sun is
> going to insist on the CDDL, then there may be no resolution.
> The licenses are incompatible. 

today. may be not tomorrow. People are smart enough to not discard
non-glibc ports and will come up with the solution.

>  Unless one or both changes, there may not be a solution.


> It is Sun's desire to impose these restrictions on the copying of its
> software.  It is the GPL's desire not to allow its binaries to be
> distributed unless restrictions like Sun's are absent.

Sun is willing to open *all* their code base. It can not do it in one
day, this will take some time. Mostly because some libraries in
OpenSolaris are not Sun copyrighted. libm is one cood example.

Take a look on opensolaris's roadmap and how exactly they are planning
to make opensolaris absolutely open sourced at some point:


Once it is doing, there will be nothing stopping Sun to make SUN libc


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