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SRO: Free Solaris?, There's got to be a catch. And there is.

Jan 27, 2000, 15:47 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Mary Jo Foley)

"Sun executives were careful to avoid linking the new Solaris 8 licensing terms to Sun's maligned Sun Community Source License (SCSL). Sun had been working for over a year to offer Solaris under SCSL, but was stymied by the fact that it didn't own all the intellectual property inside Solaris. It also was stung by criticisms from open-source advocates that Sun was attempting to pass off SCSL as the equivalent of GPL, the Gnu Public License. SCSL required developers to return bug fixes to Sun, maintain compatibility, and pay fees to Sun when they ship binaries based on Sun source code."

"Instead, on Wednesday, Sun created a new, separate category to cover Solaris source and binary (a.k.a., runtime) licenses. These new licenses are just two of a growing number of different types of software licenses that Sun will offer in the coming months."

"On the source side, Sun is making Solaris free to educational, research, appliance and telco OEMs and interested software vendors. Source licensors can evaluate, examine and use the code for free, paying $75 for the media kit and shipping only. But any modifications made to the Solaris 8 source may be shared with others, only if they are relayed through Sun."

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