Solaris License Change
Oracle have changed their policy regarding the newly-acquired OpenSolaris and Solaris operating systems.
Solaris’ licensing agreement indicates that the operating
system has become 90-day trialware:
“YOU MUST PROVIDE A WORKING E-MAIL ADDRESS AS PART OF YOUR SUN
DOWNLOAD CENTER ACCOUNT. If you fail to do so, you will not receive
an Entitlement Document and will only have the right to evaluate
Solaris for 90 days.”
After the 90-day trial, developers will have to purchase a
license if they wish to continue using Solaris. This change does
not currently affect OpenSolaris, which is still listed as being
primarily licensed under the Common Development and Distribution
License Version 1.0.
This amendment has caused some confusion in the community.
Dana Blankenhorn posted a blog claiming Oracle had changed the licensing
agreements of OpenSolaris, citing quotes taken from the Solaris
Licensing Information. Simon Phipps tweeted that Blankenhorn’s post was mistaken, stating
that “ORCA have not made any change to OpenSolaris licensing.”