Sun heeft de source code van Solaris onder de eigen 'community-source license' vrijgegeven, zo bericht ZDNet:
Sun Microsystems Inc., in a major shift, plans to begi making the source code of its Solaris operating system freely available to the public in an attempt to parallel the sucess of the popular Linux operating system.
Sun doesn't intend to simply give away Solaris, its version of Unix that the company runs on its entire line of computer servers and workstations. But the Palo Alto, Calif., computer maker does plat to make the Solaris source code - the computer instructions that set out exactly how the program works - available under its 'community-source license', said Greg Papadopoulos, the companay's chief technology officer.
Under Sun's community-source license, programmers around the world will be free to download the Solaris source code and to make any changes they desire, so longs as they provide open 'interfaces' to the software and report bugs back to Sun and other programmers. Developers will also be allowed to use Solaris for free in noncommercial applications, but will owe Sun licensing fees if they incorporate it into commercial products.
Klinkt allemaal leuk en aardig, maar voorlopig lijkt men bij Slashdot nog niet erg warm te lopen voor Sun's SCSL license.