[rescue] Re: Linux on SS1000 (was SS1000)

Jonathan C. Patschke jp at celestrion.net
Sun Dec 8 22:16:18 CST 2002

On Sun, 8 Dec 2002, Scott A Stevens wrote:

> It's my understanding that because I downloaded my copy of Solaris 8
> back before the license change, I am only subject to the license that
> I agreed to, which at the time said nothing about multiple processors.
> I'm running Solaris 8 on a dual processor SS10BSX (w/dual headed
> cgthirteen) for the record.

The first "Free Solaris" License said you could use the system for free
on any system with eight or fewer CPUs (regardless of how many the
system had -capacity- for).

When Solaris 9 shipped, they changed the license agreement and made it
apply to copies of Solaris 8 downloaded after 9 shipped.  The new
agreement says that you may use the free Solaris binaries only on
systems that are not SMP-capable.  Essentially, these are the
SPARCstation LC (Classic), LX, 4, 5, Voyager, SPARCbook, Ultra 1, Netra
150, Netra T1, Netra X1, Fire V100, Fire V120, Ultra 5, Ultra 10, and
Blade 100.  I've probably forgotten a couple, but you get the idea.

That said, there is nothing in the software that "calls home" or
disables SMP support or is otherwise different from "full-blown"
Solaris, but you are on the honor system to only use the software on
uniprocessor-only computers.

Jonathan Patschke
  "Albert Einstein nailed space-time, but the wild thing had him stumped.
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