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Red Herring: Sun tries to eclipse Linux

Jan 26, 2000, 07:22 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Lawrence Aragon)

"In a move aimed at Linux, Sun said it will announce Wednesday that it is making the source code for its new Solaris 8 operating system "open." Webster's has lots of definitions for the word, including "not sealed, fastened, or locked." But when you dig into the details of Sun's announcement, you'll find that what it is offering doesn't come close to meeting the dictionary's definition, let alone that of the open-source movement...."

"Sun pre-briefed the press about the announcement Tuesday afternoon. When pressed for a clear definition of whether anyone could get the code, tweak it, and resell it without paying a licensing fee to Sun, a company spokesman said no. "If someone is reselling it in one way, shape, or another, we expect they will go over the modification with us and negotiate a fee structure for the resale," said spokesman David Harrah."

"That's what Linux boosters were predicting before Sun officially announced that it would open up the source code for Solaris 8. "It's really important when you talk to them that you ask them what kind of 'open' they mean," advises Chris DiBona, a Linux evangelist for hardware vendor VA Linux Systems...."

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