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Solaris 8 Foundation Source is available

By acb in MLP
Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 12:30:59 PM EST
Tags: Software (all tags)

The Solaris 8 source code is now available to be purchased, for the "no license fee but the media costs" $75, or, something new, it can be downloaded.

Solaris 8 Foundation Source is the original Solaris 8 source code; Solaris 8 Updates originate from this base source code. It is a blend of source code (not updates) developed by Sun and binaries developed by our partners. You must have the original Solaris 8 build environment in order to build the Solaris 8 Foundation Source code.

Some interesting catches though, it isn't free anything really, you still need to abide by a license agreement of sorts, and unless you have the Solaris 8 FCS and the Sun Visual Workshop C++ 5.0 you can't build it - at least they are included in the media kit.

The code is only available upon agreeing to a license set down by Sun, and you can't give copies of it away either, as detailed in the FAQ, which covers a lot of info It will be interesting to see what becomes of all this, a more open Solaris, or just more code for Sun to keep to themselves - time will tell, but for now, let's enjoy it.


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What will you do with the source?
o Rip it apart and jam as much as I can into my linux distro/BSD tree before Sun see 12%
o Play nice with Sun and behave 16%
o Sell it to the highest bidder 0%
o Blackmail Sun with the code saying you are Inoshiro^H^H^H^H^H^H^H^Hrusty and seeking world domination 13%
o :%s,Solaris,Windows && :%s,Sun,Microsoft and see if anyone notices? 13%
o Port it to PowerPC 12%
o Print it, roll it, smoke it, and attempt to survive 32%

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Solaris 8 Foundation Source is available | 8 comments (8 topical, editorial, 0 hidden)
Questions and a scary thought (3.00 / 3) (#1)
by enterfornone on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 04:05:42 AM EST

First, is this just a kernel, a full OS or what? Exactly what do you get? The web page says "source code (not updates) developed by Sun and binaries developed by our partners." Does this not include, for example, parts of Unix developed by AT&T?

Regarless of the licence, no doubt this will appear on the warez scene sometime soon. The more restrictive the licence the greater the likelyhood of that happening. Is anyone else worried about the idea of non-free Unix source floating around that could accidently be incorperated into free Unixes?

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Re: Questions and a scary thought (none / 0) (#2)
by acb on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 04:48:43 AM EST

To tell you the truth, I don't really know.

I'm taking a guess that it is the entire Solaris 8 base source code, just it doesn't have all the updates which are available in binary format.

Either way, I'm going to be downloading it as soon as I can get the form faxed off, and wait 72 hours, blah :)

After I get it, I'll prob rip it to shreads in #kuro5hin, and if anyone else get's it before I do, please drop by and tell us
--- acb #kuro5hin
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This has been around for ages (3.00 / 3) (#3)
by Dacta on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 05:06:48 AM EST

I know everyone is going to bash me for saying this, but it is true.

Actually, this posting is more in reply to acb's diary where he complains about Slashdot not posting this story.

While most of you won't care about that, this post is mostly in the hope that acb will read it, and check out my reply in his diary where I have listed the stories Slashdot has already done on Free Solaris - beginning in June 1998.

"Free" Solaris has been around for ages (4.75 / 4) (#4)
by enterfornone on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 05:48:26 AM EST

The source code however (according to the web page at least) has only been around since December 15. But Sun have been doing free Solaris for non-commercial use for quite some time now. SCO also have similar licences for Open Server and Unixware.

efn 26/m/syd
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Re: This has been around for ages (3.50 / 2) (#5)
by acb on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 06:20:12 AM EST

Yes, you are quite right.

But I am only highlighting the fact that the source code itself can now be downloaded or obtained from Sun, something which hasn't been possible since 1998 for the general public - talked about yes, but actually there to download, no.

Perhaps I didn't word that well enough into my original posting. I do recall stating that it is the source now available, which wasn't there the last time I checked, which was towards the end of November 2000.

--- acb #kuro5hin
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Kevin Mitnick (3.25 / 4) (#6)
by espo812 on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 11:47:48 AM EST

You mean Sun is giving away a copy of something they claimed to be worth $80 million? Oh well - the justice system isn't perfect.

Censorship is un-American.
Product cannot be exported to your address. (4.00 / 1) (#7)
by enterfornone on Thu Dec 28, 2000 at 05:46:23 PM EST

Assuming they don't have anything against my address in particular, I guess this means they don't ship to Australia. The fact they quote an international shipping rate suggests they are happy to ship overseas, I wonder why they won't ship to AU.

efn 26/m/syd
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Damn (none / 0) (#8)
by acb on Fri Dec 29, 2000 at 07:31:07 AM EST

Damn them, well, that means I will be ringing up Sun Australia when I have the money to purchase it, and have a go at them

--- acb #kuro5hin
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