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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2006-01-31 Print this article Print

Asked what the benefit of licensing Solaris under GPL 3.0 would be given the fact that developers would not be able to use, exchange or intermingle code from Solaris and Linux, Goguen said that remains the challenge. "Thats the challenge, to see what is going to happen in that space," he said. "I cant say. I dont know what Linus [Torvalds] is ultimately going to do. This is very early in the GPL 3.0 process."
Sun President and Chief Operating Officer Jonathan Schwartz first floated the possibility of dual-licensing Solaris on his blog last week, saying that diversity and choice are important, "which is why weve begun looking at the possibility of releasing Solaris (and potentially the entire Solaris Enterprise System), under dual open source licenses," he said.
The CDDL would allow customer intellectual property to co-mingle with Solaris source code as well as GPL 3.0, but "its early days," Schwartz acknowledged. Goguen agreed, pointing out that Sun has not made any decisions with regard to the possible dual licensing of Solaris, given that the discussion process around the draft GPL 3.0 is expected to continue for much of this year, but is simply expressing its openness to such a possibility. The licensing of Solaris under GPL 3.0, if that happens, would also take some time. "The long and the short of it is that it took us five years to get to the point where we could license Solaris under the CDDL," Goguen said. "While Im not implying it will take us that long to license it under GPL 3.0, the process does take some time." Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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