[rescue] Ultra 5 OS

Steve Sandau ssandau at gwi.net
Mon Apr 19 14:50:55 CDT 2010

>> I don't want a hobbyist license, keep it the way it was, free as in
>> beer, with OpenSolaris free as in speech/beer - or see your
>> multi-billion investment go down the tubes as Solaris becomes a more
>> portable version of IRIX.
> Playing Devil's Advocate here, or see his multibillion dollar investment
> continue to make him money. With only pay-for-it licenses, Solaris is
> supported by paing customers, who have an incentive to pay for it.
> Seriously, name one company that acutally made money from open-sourcing
> it's products and keeping it that way?

I would think that more people familiar with Solaris would lead to more 
people buying support when support is required. If I knew nothing about 
Solaris and a new project came along, I would not recommend it. However, 
if I'd been using Solaris for free in non-production projects, then I'd 
recommend it for a project that required support.

In short, more people knowing Solaris should lead to more people willing 
to pay for it.


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