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Sun Offering Free, Open Source Solaris 10 - Not Quite Yet

A.P. Lawrence
Expert Author
Published: 2004-12-01

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II'm reading everywhere that Sun is making Solaris 10 free and open source ( http://www.rednova.com/news/display/?id=106224).

However, that's not quite true yet: if you go to their download pages, you;ll have to accept a license that says (among other things):

2.0 LIMITED LICENSE
Sun grants You a non-exclusive and non-transferable license to internally
reproduce and use Software solely for purpose of evaluation in a test
environment. Software shall not be used in a production environment. (Refer to
Section 5.2 for reporting requirements)


Apparently the free, open source version won't be available till later - maybe January. I'm downloading the release available now, but haven't installed it yet.
This is supposed to include complete Linux capability. According to Sun:

We've made Solaris 10 the most interoperable operating system platform ever.
Linux applications will run on Solaris 10--natively. No emulation, complication,
no performance hit.


I admit to having always liked Solaris. I wasn't overly impressed by their earlier x86 releases, but maybe this one will be different.

*Originally published at APLawrence.com

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About the Author:
A.P. Lawrence provides SCO Unix and Linux consulting services http://www.pcunix.com

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