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Byte.com: The Solaris Source Code Conundrum

Oct 18, 1999, 16:17 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tom Henderson)

"I read with surprise that Sun was going to publish the source to Solaris 8. The source would be slowly released, and could be downloaded for development purposes, and purchased for commercial use."

"The idea isn't Open Source. And it's not Richard Stallman's concept of freeware. No one necessarily gets to see some of Sun's most guarded secrets for a while: SMP kernel process management, huge word memory manipulation, and a few other choice goodies are on an unannounced release schedule. Ostensibly, as Sun claims that Solaris is far slimmer than say, the 15 quintillion lines of code needed to make Windows 2000 Advanced Server, I would imagine that publishing source ought to be relatively simple. Subsequent coder mods to Solaris have to be submitted for eventual bug fixes, or so the investigation revealed."

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