"Logistics issues are giving Sun Microsystems second
thoughts on releasing to developers the entire source code of its
Solaris operating system under its Free Solaris 8 Source License
Program, according to a company official."
"Palo Alto, Calif.-based Sun announced in January this year that
it would make the Solaris 8 source code available free to
developers by the third quarter of this year. The program is
targeted at service providers, Internet appliance makers,
developers of embedded systems, and others who need easy access to
the Solaris source code to innovate faster."
"One issue is getting it ready so that people can make sense of
5 [million] to 10 million lines of code. There are not many people
who know what to do with 10 million lines of code. Freeware, open
source is fine when you are talking about hundreds of lines of
code," Anil Gadre, Sun's vice president and general manager for
Solaris Software, told IDG News Service. "So one is an ease of use
issue, and we have to try and make it friendly. The other thing we
are finding out is that maybe people actually wanted certain parts
and not the whole thing."
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