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InfoWorld: Sun re-thinking source code giveaway

Jun 28, 2000, 23:08 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Ribeiro)

"Logistics issues are giving Sun Microsystems second thoughts on releasing to developers the entire source code of its Solaris operating system under its Free Solaris 8 Source License Program, according to a company official."

"Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun announced in January this year that it would make the Solaris 8 source code available free to developers by the third quarter of this year. The program is targeted at service providers, Internet appliance makers, developers of embedded systems, and others who need easy access to the Solaris source code to innovate faster."

"One issue is getting it ready so that people can make sense of 5 [million] to 10 million lines of code. There are not many people who know what to do with 10 million lines of code. Freeware, open source is fine when you are talking about hundreds of lines of code," Anil Gadre, Sun's vice president and general manager for Solaris Software, told IDG News Service. "So one is an ease of use issue, and we have to try and make it friendly. The other thing we are finding out is that maybe people actually wanted certain parts and not the whole thing."

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