Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 11th Aug 2010 19:14 UTC, submitted by Cytor
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris Due to me not working for OSNews these past eight weeks, I've been a bit out of the loop, as I didn't really follow technology news. I did notice that a lot is going on in OpenSolaris land, and today, Oracle has outlined what it has planned for Solaris 11 - and according to some, the fears about OpenSolaris' future were justified.
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license to protect opensolaris?
by project_2501 on Wed 11th Aug 2010 21:45 UTC
project_2501
Member since:
2006-03-20

Would a different license to the one applied to opensolaris by Sun have protected it from Oracle? Ie improving it but taking it away from the community.

I remember criticism of Sun for using a cddl license - would someothing like GPL have protected opensolaris from Oracle?

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26

It isn't the license that is the problem. The CDDL allows for forking.

The problem has long been that OpenSolaris has not attracted outside development. The vast majority of the commits have been from Sun.

Any fork of OpenSolaris would just stagnate.

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werterr Member since:
2006-10-03

You needed a sponsor from SUN and the hole progress of getting a patch committed and approved to OpenSolaris was daunting.

This is also what Illumos is trying to tackle. Keeping the standard of code high but actually letting people develop for it without the very reasonable fair of all there work being for nothing.

Nobody wanted to develop for OpenSolaris if the changes of your hard work actually getting excepted are slim to none.

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Macrat Member since:
2006-03-27


I remember criticism of Sun for using a cddl license - would someothing like GPL have protected opensolaris from Oracle?


Did the GPL "protect" MySQL from Sun/Oracle?

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danieldk Member since:
2005-11-18

Well, there's a subtle difference here: MySQL is GPL + copyright assignment. If it were GPL-only, no proprietary forks/branches were possible. On the other hand, it would become impossible to use MySQL in software that does not have a GPL-compatible license as well.

Edited 2010-08-12 06:53 UTC

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