SmartOS (based on IllumOS) released - with KVM
Posted Aug 15, 2011 19:28 UTC (Mon) by danieldk
In reply to: SmartOS (based on IllumOS) released - with KVM
Parent article: SmartOS (based on IllumOS) released - with KVM
You are stating this as if there is no difference between the CDDL and non-copyleft licenses, which is not true. Any proprietary software vendor would have to release the source code to any CDDL-licensed file, including proprietary modifications.
Yes, it is impossible to share code with Linux, but that can be said about any license that is not GPL or subset of GPL.
Well, some of the other major licenses are compatible with the GPL, such as the modified BSD License and the X11 (MIT) license. Of course, the viral nature will taint, say a BSD operating system.
Anyway, the GPL has been around for ages and CDDL is relatively new. Pretty much everyone agrees that Sun did not use the GPL or a compatible license for the fear of losing an advantage in some areas. That was their right, but their contribution to the FLOSS community should not be overstated. They licensed it in such a way that the code is not really useful outside the OpenSolaris community.
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