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Sun to Release Solaris Source Code


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The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Sun Microsystems is releasing the source code to its Unix operating system, Solaris, under a "community-source license." In a move seen as an attempt to fend-off recent advances of upstart-OS Linux, Sun will allow individuals to download the complete source code to Solaris for use in non-commercial applications.

There has been much speculation in recent months as to whether or not Sun would make this move. Sun's Solaris is regarded by many to be the best Unix "flavor" around, used in many of the worlds largest commercial Web applications. While Sun's "community-source" agreement opens Solaris to individuals, commercial users will still have to pay Sun licensing fees, the Journal reports. Additionally, individuals who download Solaris for personal use but end up incorporating it into a commercial product will then owe Sun licensing fees. The Wall Street Journal is reporting today that Sun Microsystems is releasing the source code to its Unix operating system, Solaris, under a "community-source license." In a move seen as an attempt to fend-off recent advances of upstart-OS Linux, Sun will allow individuals to download the complete source code to Solaris for use in non-commercial applications.

By allowing anyone to download the source code to its OS, Sun hopes to attract developers both to make improvements in it's OS and to build more Sun-centric Unix apps. Industry pundits have joked and speculated about whether or not Microsoft might be forced to make a similar move with its upcoming Windows 2000 OS -- a course of action which as of today perhaps looms larger in the realm of possibility.

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This article was originally published on Oct 1, 1999
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