Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Mar 2009 11:48 UTC, submitted by PLan
In the News In a move that would certainly shake up the computer industry quite a bit, IBM is reportedly in talks with Sun Microsystems about the possibility of IBM acquiring Sun. Sun is going through hard times at the moment, and has been actively looking for someone to be acquired by.
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RE[2]: Remember
by dvzt on Wed 18th Mar 2009 21:09 UTC in reply to "RE: Remember"
dvzt
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2008-10-23

Remember, one of the reasons ZFS's license was chosen was because it was incompatible with GPL.


Can you explain, where you have such information from?

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RE[3]: Remember
by Laurence on Wed 18th Mar 2009 21:45 in reply to "RE[2]: Remember"
Laurence Member since:
2007-03-26


Can you explain, where you have such information from?


Admittedly it's mostly hear-say, but I've read a few sources that have said the same thing as this:
"given that Sun has reportedly filed a huge number of patents covering ZFS and has refused to make them available for anything other than Solaris --- and there are senior Sun programmers who have on record stated that one of the reasons why Sun picked the CDDL was precisely because it was incompatible with GPL and Sun fears Linux ---- I wouldn't bet on Sun being willing to making a patent license available to a hypothetical alternate implementation of the ZFS format for Linux."

http://kerneltrap.org/node/8066

There's logic to the argument and, if it was a deliberate move, it certainly worked on me as I've recently switched one of my servers over from Linux to Nexenta.

Edited 2009-03-18 21:54 UTC

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RE[4]: Remember
by dvzt on Thu 19th Mar 2009 01:00 in reply to "RE[3]: Remember"
dvzt Member since:
2008-10-23

That citation might be as true as the statement that Sun has "refused to make them available for anything other than Solaris"
I think that CDDL is a better licese than GPL and obivously it allowed Sun to create products like Fishworks, i.e. bundle together closed and open source software.

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RE[3]: Remember
by Valhalla on Thu 19th Mar 2009 07:07 in reply to "RE[2]: Remember"
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2006-01-24

Well, Danese Cooper who wrote the CDDL stated on debconf that the solaris kernel engineers had requested that the opensolaris licence be gpl incompatible. This was later disputed by Simon Phipps from sun, however he did not dispute it at the debconf (where he was present).

And I think it makes perfect sense for Sun to release key technology under a licence which means Linux can't snap it up and compete with them using their own technology. I really can't blame Sun, from a business perspective (and they are a business) I would have done the exact same thing.

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