Open is Open.
Posted Nov 12, 2005 3:50 UTC (Sat) by bojan
In reply to: Open is Open.
Parent article: Debian and Nexenta collide
> So your suggestion essentially is no different to Sun having used the CDDL.
On the contrary. My suggestion is _qualitatively_ different to what Sun have done. It is _illegal_ to include CDDL licensed code with the GPL licensed software. It is perfectly legal to do so with the code licensed under the GPL + Exception. And that is because GPL + Exception _is_ essentially GPL, for people that choose not to pass on the exceptions. Nothing like that is possible with the CDDL.
As for patents, I addressed that before to a degree, but I'll elaborate. Bottom line is this: Sun are unwilling to guarantee (in any legal sense, like IBM) that they won't sue open source developers over patents Sun holds. In other words, I can get in trouble for using patents from OpenSolaris in my open source software. I cannot get in trouble for using IBM's patents they promised not to sue over. So, I think this behaviour on behalf of Sun is more disingenuous that anything I wrote here, particularly coming from the company that supposedly not only understands but also "invented" open source (luckily, they didn't patent that invention :-).
We can all pretend here, but it is quite clear that CDDL was designed and chosen _precisely_ because it isn't compatible with the GPL, in order to prevent Solaris technology from going to Linux (which is likely, given the size of Linux v. OpenSolaris development communities). Ditto the patent promises, which only apply to CDDL licensed software. I just wish Sun were open about it and told us so in the first place.
I did watch the launch of Galaxy servers where Red Hat (and by extension Linux) supposedly became Sun's friend again. I just wonder why that was? Could it possibly have anything to do with the fact that most Sun AMD based servers run an operating system other than Solaris? Or was it a sign or "real" friendship? Hmm, I'm inclined to go with the former, but that's just my cynical self ;-)
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