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ComputerWorld: Sun rolls out Solaris 8

Jan 27, 2000, 03:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Robinson)

"Sun Microsystems Inc. unveiled its latest Unix operating system, Solaris 8.0, that will be available March 5. Ten companies are using it in tightly controlled production tests now, according to Sun."

"The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said the source code to its flagship operating system would be "open," but semantics played a large part in this morning's announcement in New York. The source code will be available under Sun's "community source license," meaning it can't be altered. And, if developers use the source code and repackage it as part of a commercial application, they must negotiate a licensing fee with Sun. Anyone who wants access to the source code must also pay a $75 media fee. That contrasts with the Linux operating system, which is distributed under a Gnu Public License that doesn't require royalties and allows vendors to modify source code."

"Sun also announced that Solaris 8.0 will be given away free when users buy the hardware to run it, either a Sun Sparc or Intel server environment, as long as they're running eight or fewer processors. Corporations running Sun's largest servers, including the E-10000, would continue to buy the operating system separately...."

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