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ZDNN: Sun (almost) opens Solaris

Feb 26, 1999, 11:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"It's not quite open-source software, but developers are about to get access to Solaris without paying for it. Indeed, Sun Microsystems Inc. plans to put all of its platform software-including Solaris-under a Community Source License, the company said this week. The license is likely to cover any Sun software that is not specific to end users or vertical markets.

Community Source is a quasi-open source license that Sun (Nasdaq:SUNW) announced in December for Jini, Java and its Java Workshop development tool. In a reversal of its previous practice, Sun will not collect money from developers until they ship binary products based on Sun source code."

"Community Source is forcing Sun to grapple with several tough issues. The company is considering opening Sun Workshop, its new 64-bit Solaris development tool, but group marketing manager Jon Williams points out that would also expose the guts of Sun's SPARC architecture. 'It raises the question, what are our crown jewels?' Williams says."

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