"Sun Microsystems Inc. unveiled its latest Unix operating
system, Solaris 8.0, that will be available March 5. Ten
companies are using it in tightly controlled production tests now,
according to Sun."
"The Palo Alto, Calif.-based company said the source code to its
flagship operating system would be "open," but semantics played a
large part in this morning's announcement in New York. The source
code will be available under Sun's "community source license,"
meaning it can't be altered. And, if developers use the source code
and repackage it as part of a commercial application, they must
negotiate a licensing fee with Sun. Anyone who wants access to the
source code must also pay a $75 media fee. That contrasts with the
Linux operating system, which is distributed under a Gnu Public
License that doesn't require royalties and allows vendors to modify
"Sun also announced that Solaris 8.0 will be given away free
when users buy the hardware to run it, either a Sun Sparc or Intel
server environment, as long as they're running eight or fewer
processors. Corporations running Sun's largest servers, including
the E-10000, would continue to buy the operating system
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