Linus on OpenSolaris

Linus chimes in on OpenSolaris in the last paragraph of this eWeek article: Linux founder Linus Torvalds is also withholding judgment on OpenSolaris. "My guess would be that they use some kind of MS-like 'shared-source' license, and even then they don't release enough to actually build a working system," Torvalds said. "But hey, maybe for once I won't be disappointed by Sun. Hope lives eternal."
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Well, it won't be shared source, but it won't be GPL either, unfortunately.

Posted by Tom Duffy on September 16, 2004 at 06:48 AM JST #

I'm still really curious about the SCO UNIX(tm) issue. Sun has paid big bucks to continue licensing UNIX(tm) code from SCO, which means Solaris has that code sprinkled around. That code can not be open sourced due to terms of the agreement, which leads to Linus' comment that not enough will be open sourced to build a running system from source alone.

When is Sun going to address this issue with the public? The majority of the public has the idea that Sun is gonna open source lock, stock, and barrel, but I don't see how this is actually possible.

Posted by benr on September 16, 2004 at 08:46 PM JST #

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