[rescue] Oracle Solaris may not be "free as in beer" going forward

Andrew Gaylard ag at computer.org
Wed Mar 31 08:45:34 CDT 2010

On Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:37 PM, Lionel Peterson <lionel4287 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Story here: http://www.katonda.com/news/solaries-no-more-free-open-solaris-may-die/936/2010
> Open Solaris is being drained of resources, Oracle Solaris will have a
> 90 day free trial, then you will have to pay for the OS (similar to
> what MS does with Win 7/Server 2008). Future enhancements may be
> retained for "paying" customers, akin to how some MySQL developments
> are witheld from the free software base.
> Figured folks here would be interested, I haven't seen any posts on
> this (yet), so I thought I'd share...

Yeah, this has been brewing for a while now.  See


for some angry responses.  For a more balanced view, see


My own opinions are:

(a) Sun needs to make money from licenses and support;
(b) hobbyists like us are valuable contributors, in terms of
    - testing,
    - bug-reports, and
    - convincing their friends and employers to use Sun HW and Solaris.

So Oracle needs to find a way to achieve the former without alienating
the latter.  I hope they think this through more carefully.

- Andrew

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