Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 28th Jan 2006 17:14 UTC, submitted by d3vi1
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris In a weblog entry, Sun's President Jonathan Schwartz has announced that Sun is looking into applying a dual-license scheme to OpenSolaris-- CDDL and GPL3. "We recognize that diversity and choice are important - which is why we've begun looking at the possibility of releasing Solaris (and potentially the entire Solaris Enterprise System), under dual open source licenses. CDDL (which allows customer IP to safely comingle with Solaris source code) and under the Free Software Foundation's GPL3."
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I don't think it will happen
by abraxas on Sat 28th Jan 2006 23:41 UTC
abraxas
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2005-07-07

My personal opinion is that this is all talk. After bad mouthing Linux for so long and bad mouthing the GPL, and SUN's failure to even consider GPLing Java, I doubt it will ever happen. If it actually does happen it will interesting to see how it plays out but I'll believe it when I see it. I wasn't too optimistic about SUN open sourcing Solaris so I could be wrong on this one but I don't really see the benefit to SUN. There would eventually be two vastly different kernels with one that could not be incorporated back into proprietary Solaris.

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glarepate Member since:
2006-01-04

There would eventually be two vastly different kernels with one that could not be incorporated back into proprietary Solaris.

Will your worries go away if Solaris 11 is based on OpenSolaris? It may mean that new features won't be backported to Solaris 10 and earlier without writing all new code. But proprietary Solaris doesn't look to be a project with an indefinite development lifetime at this point.

Unless, of course, SUN change their mind again. But how likely is that? (d^;)

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