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ZDNET: Sun's open-source idea

Apr 26, 1999, 16:20 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

"I've read the statement of Sun Community Source License (SCSL) principles by Sun co-founder Bill Joy and Sun distinguished engineer William Gabriel ... and I think Sun is trying to inject a means of doing business while retaining some of the best aspects of an open source code-like approach."

"The basic open source tenet says you are allowed to take a piece of software and modify and even sell it, but you can't restrict other people from using the modifications. The software spun out by this approach -- the Apache Web server or the Linux operating system -- testifies to its effectiveness. The open source code approach sustains a vigorous community of mutual interest."

"But Sun is trying to provide a business basis for developing code along open source lines. It has applied the SCSL principles to Jini in hopes of encouraging its widespread use and letting those who do adopt it have a basis for launching a product line."

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