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InfoWorld: Sun Ponders Offering Open-Source Solaris

Dec 06, 2002, 17:30 (29 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Paul Krill)

"Sun Microsystems is pondering whether or not to offer Solaris code in an open-source format to boost deployment of the operating system on Intel hardware, but questions remain about the effectiveness of open source, a Sun official said this week.

"The company is looking at allowing users to access Solaris in an open-source format, noting that the recent early release program for Solaris 9 on the Intel x86 platform has generated about 1.4 million downloads for the $20 offering, said Jonathan Schwartz, Sun executive vice president for software. Schwartz spoke during an interview Tuesday evening prior to a private Sun-sponsored screening of the film 'Solaris' in San Francisco.

"'The question is, if we open source it, do we double that?' Schwartz said. 'What does it do to the [Solaris] adoption rates...?'"

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