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IT Observer: Sun Applies for Open Source License

Dec 06, 2004, 20:15 (4 Talkback[s])

Following on from news last week that Sun was planning to open source Solaris, Sun has applied to the Open Source Initiative to certify its Common Development & Distribution License as a valid Open Source license.

The move puts Solaris on a direct collision course with Linux, which is the only widely used OS with a certified Open Source license.

Earlier this year saw Sun making overtones of peace with the Open Source community – a community which singularly identifies itself with Linux as a flagship product – and a community which is unlikely to see open advances on Linux with a positive view, in spite of frequent "it's all about competition" mantras being spouted.

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