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InfoWorld: Sun goes after Linux with community-source Solaris

Oct 01, 1999, 16:22 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Laura Rohde)

"Sun Microsystems has decided to make publicly available the source code of one of its crown jewels -- the Unix-based Solaris operating system -- under what it calls a "community-source license," a company official said Friday."

"A Sun spokesperson in the company's U.K. office confirmed the contents of a report in Friday's Wall Street Journal, saying that Sun will allow programmers to download the source code and make any changes in the Unix-based Solaris as long as bugs are reported back to the company..."

"Sun, however, may go all the way in the future and make Solaris available as open-source software, according to the report, which quoted Greg Papadopoulos, Sun's chief technology officer, as saying that Sun only sees an "upside" in making all of the Solaris code available."

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