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SRO: Sun Pushes Ahead With 'Quasi-Open' Plans

Oct 01, 1999, 18:03 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Deborah Gage)

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"Sun Microsystems Inc. on Friday reiterated plans to offer Solaris under its Community Source License..."

"So far, Sun is continuing to go its own way. Sun has invited Behlendorf and Mozilla manager Mitchell Baker to speak at a community forum on its Jini technology this month, but refuses to change the Sun Community Source License agreement to accommodate critics. Attendees must sign the license, which Sun manager Danese Cooper describes as "complicated and long."

"Open source is not one community. We try to keep an open dialog going, but partly it's our experience that their understanding of our license is imperfect," Cooper says. "Our whole value proposition is ensuring compatibility of Java and Jini, and that flies in the face of the open-source right to fork the code base as needed, which means they take it in a different direction. I've had [talks] with Eric Raymund about this, and it's understood that this is the central issue."

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