Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 28th Feb 2007 17:14 UTC, submitted by Francis Kuntz
Oracle and SUN Sun Microsystems is the latest company to become a patron of the Free Software Foundation. The FSF's corporate patron program allows companies to provide financial sponsorship for the FSF in return for free license consulting services. High-profile FSF patron affiliates include prominent technology companies like Google, Nokia, IBM, Cisco, and Intel. FSF involvement represents Sun's latest attempt to take a more active role in the open-source software community.
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RE[3]: Good news...for most.
by Dubhthach on Wed 28th Feb 2007 22:03 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Good news...for most."
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>>That's besides the point. If there is a wholesale switch to GPLv3 then most likely Debian would switch to the Solaris kernel as they are closely tied with Free Software, which in turn could impact distributions based on Debian, of which there are many including the popular Ubuntu. Gentoo could also switch easily or at least provide the Solaris kernel as the default eventually, as they are already attempting to support multiple kernels.<<

Your argument is based on the flawed assumption that Opensolaris will be dual licensed under the GPLv3. From everything i've seen from Opensolaris community there is alot of opposition to any such dual licensing. One of the main reasons been the fear of GPL only forks.

>>It's a definite possibility. You don't understand that if Solaris goes GPLv3 it no longer belongs to SUN except in name only. It is then Free Software. It doesn't matter where it came from.
Once GPL always GPL. It's completely out of Sun's control after that, just like Linus and Linux. If Sun is a good shepard of Solaris then it will stay "Solaris". If they are a bad shepard then it will be "Phoebus" or something else.

You logic is flawed, the main difference between Linux and Solaris in this regard is Sun owns the copyright on all the code they've released as "OpenSolaris" as result they can do whatever they want license wise with it. They could cease dual licensing it for example. In which case any GPL only fork would need a dev team to maintain, given the FSF progress with HURD I don't see this been a huge success do you?
The point been that after such a "fork" everything new and interesting going into Solaris would not be available to your theoretical GPLv3 fork.

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