"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
"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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