Subject: Re: solaris sources
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From: Michael Jinks <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 10/01/1999 13:55:18
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In the comments in response to the article on ZDNet, Bruce Perens said
something like, "This won't help Sun at all, the OpenSource OS's (I
think he said Linux, whatever) will just copy Solaris without copying
I've always wondered about that.
If it's that easy, why doesn't [insert name of your least-favorite
closed-source *X here] just pick and choose features from the
open-source OS's, rename all the variables or something slightly less
superficial, and carry on?
I know this is an open question in general (AKA, "Do OSS licenses really
have any teeth?"), but it's interesting to me that we're now seeing
another side of it.
> seems Sun is making solaris sources available, but any changes have to be
> given to them. Still, it may help in determining how certain hardware
> works. Of course the trick is learning how the hardware works and then
> forgetting the solaris code.
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