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Open sourcing solaris article at CRN

Just came across the following on CRN:

Sources: Sun Plans to Open Nearly All of Solaris Source Code

Definitely a bit more of a tease. One of the more interesting paragraphs is:

Sources familiar with the company’s plans told CRN at JavaOne 2004 that Sun is not going to simply open up bits and pieces of the millions of lines of code in Solaris, Sun’s popular Unix-based operating system. The vendor plans to open up nearly all of the OS’s source code, including, “all the rocket science,” one Sun employee who requested anonymity said.

The comments attributed to Joe Lindsay look to me like he simply is not aware of what Sun has been doing with Solaris. Please Joe, go and have a look at the writeup on Solaris 10, even better yet, why not download and install Solaris Express, to see just what it is that we Sun Engineers are so excited about. While I would agree that “Linux would remain a popular alternative to Solaris”, wouldn’t it be nice to see how we have done some of the amazing things that are going in to Solaris 10? Surely a contribution such as Solaris to the open source community should not be so off-handedly written off. Oh, and by the way, in regard to the comment “even if Sun open sources versions of Solaris for all three of its hardware platforms, Sparc, AMD Opteron and Intel.”; Solaris is the one source tree. It’s all platforms or none.

The article also goes on to talk about the release of Looking Glass under GPL and a few other contributions. also has a pointer to the article and (as of now) a few comments.


Written by Alan

June 30, 2004 at 4:48 am

Posted in Solaris Express

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  1. “I don’t find this very significant at all.” What planet is he living on? Solaris runs thousands if not millions of laptops, desktops, workstations, servers, etc. and releasing the source code to that certainly is very significant. I don’t know if Solaris is the most widely used UNIX or not, but it is certainly in the top 3.
    As for him saying, “Solaris/Sparc for proprietary hardware.” I guess he didn’t know sparc is an open architecture. Someone should point him to


    July 1, 2004 at 3:11 pm

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