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Re: Sun goes fully open source!

No offence intended to either you or SUN, but I'd hardly call the SCSL
"fully open source".  Just my opinion, mind...

On Sat, Oct 02, 1999 at 01:07:18AM +0100, John Gay wrote:
> First, IBM, HP, Sun etc . . . join in supporting Linux, Then Apple starts
> releasing portions of Mac OS, and now . . .
> Sun plans to open the source code for its Solaris operating
> system in hopes of replicating the success of Linux.  However,
> rather than giving the source code away for free, Sun will
> release Solaris source code under its "community-source license,"
> says Sun CTO Greg Papadopoulos.  Community-source licensing will
> allow programmers to download and change Solaris code, provided
> they include open interfaces to the software they develop and
> report glitches to Sun and other programmers.  Developers using
> Solaris code for non-commercial applications will not have to
> pay, while those using the code for commercial programs will pay
> licensing fees to Sun.  Sun's agreement differs from Linux rules
> because Linux is free even for commercial use, although users
> must publicly post changes to the code.  In opening Solaris'
> source code, Sun aims to establish Solaris as the leading OS for
> Internet sites as well as corporate data centers.
> (Wall Street Journal 10/01/99)
> How much longer before the other UNIX's follow? How long can Microsoft hold out?
> Looks like the days of paying through the nose for an OS and being held hostage
> by current software copyright laws are truly numbered!!!
> Kinda reminds me of a certain TV commercial from 1984.
> Cheers,
>      John Gay

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