90-day Trial

Solaris License Change

Jessica Thornsby

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.”


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