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Sun Twitches


January 26, 2005 10:34 PM PST

Sun has announced the launch of OpenSolaris. This is their answer to Linux, and will be released under a 'CDDL' license that is much friendlier than the GPL. They still plan to brand and sell the proprietary version of Solaris (building on the open source developement). They don't have the code up on the site yet, (just a single module), but it is planned for the end of this month. Additionally they have opened some 1,670 patents to open-source developers. Iím getting a feeling of deja vu here. Feels like netscape all over again. You can read more about this here.

Comments (2)
J, February 2, 2005 11:58 PM:

It's appropriate that this entry has no comments. I think that's about the reaction Sun will see to this OS. It's been over for a long time.

Paul, February 4, 2005 12:19 AM:

I think that Sun is the only company that I actively dislike. I'm not even sure why... it's probably because their chief execs are so vile (more than Ballmer who is kind of like a smarter, way more evil Homer).

Solaris has some nice high end features, but "playing in the high end" is the doom of anyone that thinks they can stem the tide of the power of commodity hardware + linux. Good luck! Have Fun! See you in the Computer Museum!

An interesting thread from Linus: here.

Bill Gates has always talked about how he bets on the low end replacing the established high end systems, whether it was main frame computers or minis.

I won't be sorry to see Sun go.

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