Sun Microsystems Opens Solaris Code

    June 14, 2005
    WebProNews Staff

Tuesday, the technology company published source code for an open source version of the Solaris operating system.

All of the code associated with Solaris 10 has been released. This includes the operating system, its networking, and its libraries. Downloads can be found online.

Sun has chosen the Common Development and Distribution License (CDDL) for the project. The license was approved by the Open Source Initiative.

Over 1,600 patents have been contributed to the project. One of the most advanced features of Solaris, called DTrace, has been included. Dtrace, or Dynamic Tracing, lets administrators observe, debug, and tune system behavior.

According to InternetNews, Sun hopes to benefit from developer work on the open source project. It has already said it will use innovations on the open side in future versions of Solaris.

The infrastructure for contributions to the code tree has not been established yet. OpenSolaris will be developed under Sun’s version of CVS called TeamWare. One executive at Sun anticipates a peer review process will decide what contributions will be added to the code base.

Components in Solaris that are based on open source projects will continue to be available under their current licenses. GPL utilities like bash and gcc will still be under the GPL, for example.

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