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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Not a big worry
by error32 on Mon 29th Mar 2010 18:06 UTC
error32
Member since:
2008-12-10

I have tried Solaris on the desktop, but to me it did not give me the experience I have with GNU/Linux.
But we all know Solaris shines in the server environment, and that is the place where service contracts make a lot more sense so I think this won't really change too much.

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RE: Not a big worry
by pgeorgi on Mon 29th Mar 2010 18:12 in reply to "Not a big worry"
pgeorgi Member since:
2010-02-18

But we all know Solaris shines in the server environment, and that is the place where service contracts make a lot more sense so I think this won't really change too much.

I know more than enough small/medium business deployments of servers without support contract from the OS vendor. Some local company cares for all IT matters, billed by the hour - it's cheaper that way.
Once such a company grows beyond a certain size, it usually moves to big vendor support contracts.

Those small businesses will be pure linux (well, and windows) territory again.

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RE[2]: Not a big worry
by error32 on Mon 29th Mar 2010 18:44 in reply to "RE: Not a big worry"
error32 Member since:
2008-12-10

Of course I meant big scaled server environment ;)

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RE[2]: Not a big worry
by telns on Mon 29th Mar 2010 19:51 in reply to "RE: Not a big worry"
telns Member since:
2009-06-18

I think they would be Linux or Windows anyway.

Very few small companies need what Solaris offers over Linux, and Linux will often be cheaper for them to run, since a Linux administrator is easier found than a Solaris one and one can be less choosy with hardware.

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