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June 30, 2007 by

Sun demurs from adopting GPL v3 for OpenSolaris, keeps CDDL only

I know that developers and architects and operators and CIOs would rather not deal with fine print on code intellectual property issues ad nauseam, but this is just too impactful for the contemporary and future use of software not to be studied and tracked very carefully. So follow Simon's lead and put GPL v3 on your radar of interest and keep it there. End users, after all, have the most to gain from standardized and accepted approaches to open source software development and use -- especially in mixed environments with commercial code.

August 16, 2006 by

IBM trash talking on Sun's OpenSolaris

Stephen Shankland reports on remarks by Dan Frye,  the IBM executive in charge of its Linux Technology Center. Frye characterized OpenSolaris as an open source facade, with Sun not sharing control of it with outsiders.

January 30, 2006 by

Schwartz: OpenSolaris, Niagara could go GPL3

In his latest blog, Sun COO and president Jonathan Schwartz takes a shot at Dell and then gets down to GPL3 business: With that volume building, you've no doubt seen that HP has joined ranks with IBM to support Solaris on their x64 platforms - creating even more options, and leaving only one tier 1 vendor (based in Texas, rhymes with swell) without a committed Solaris support plan....

June 14, 2005

Limitations take the shine off open Sun

OpenSolaris throws open the doors to Sun's temple, but would-be worshippers still have to renounce the Gnu. Widespread conversion is not on the cards

April 14, 2005

The patent poison spreads

Software patents impose clumsy restrictions that prevent much good. Without reform, that may be fatal

January 26, 2005 by

Sun ups the patent ante - but not enough

Sun's anti-climactic announcement Tuesday (they could take a few lessons from Apple here) for DTrace and the OpenSolaris release contained one minor surprise -- Sun's offer of 1,600 patents for use by the open source community, or at least those who are using OpenSolaris and Sun's CDDL. While it's nice to see Sun and IBM trying to out-nice each other to prove their commitment to open source, the main problem remains: Software patents are an inherent threat to software innovation.


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