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."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.
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.