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Smart Partner: Sun Moves Closer To Embracing Open Source

Aug 08, 2000, 14:23 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols)

"...Sun, by working with Linuxcare, is now delivering GPL source code for drivers for its enterprise-level, high-availability data storage devices: the Sun StorEdge T3. This is the first time that Sun has released an open -source Linux driver for Sun equipment."

"This marks a sea change for Sun. It means that Linux, BSD, or other operating-systems vendors can access Sun proprietary hardware. Sun executives wouldn't give specifics on what other Sun hardware might soon get GPL drivers, but they clearly indicated that--in Sun storage devices at least--the T3s would only be the first."

"In the past, if you weren't running Solaris or its predecessor, SunOS, you were on your own if you wanted to use Sun equipment in a non-Sun environment. With this, Sun is opening up its hardware, as well as its software."

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