Linked by Kroc Camen on Mon 29th Mar 2010 16:04 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris "Hot on the heals of Oracle's revamp of Solaris support, the licensing agreement for free downloads of Solaris 10 have changed. Here is the bit in question: "...Please remember, your right to use Solaris acquired as a download is limited to a trial of 90 days, unless you acquire a service contract for the downloaded Software". So far the OpenSolaris license has not changed, it's still CDDL."
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RE[3]: Does anybody care?
by galvanash on Tue 30th Mar 2010 02:31 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Does anybody care?"
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you dont seem to understand how software licenses works. FOSS licenses like GPL take effect at the point of distribution, not usage. EULAs are the ones that takes effect at the point of usage.

And you are bringing up meaningless distinctions that have nothing to do with my point. People that care about OSS honor licenses. The intricacies of contract vs copyright law and all the legal mumbo-jumbo involved with it doesn't alter my point - I was simply stating that by Oracle merely saying out loud they don't want unregistered usage is enough to make it obvious to anyone that the regime change at Sun means Solaris and OpenSolaris are going to be parting ways.

That is significant. On the other hand, any attempts on their part to actually enforce those restrictions will be significant only to pirates. OSS != piracy.

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