>If the Solaris 10 license is GPL-compatible, many of Solaris 10's
>interesting features will no doubt find their way into Linux. It seems
>unlikely that Sun would choose that path. On the other hand, if Sun
>chooses a less friendly open source license, it will have a tough time
>creating a community that will drive Solaris development or adoption in
>the same way that the GPL has driven Linux. Either way, Sun seems set to
>lose with its open source ploy.
Look at it the other way. If Sun release Solaris under the GPL then
many of the interesting features in Linux will find their way into
Solaris. This will make Solaris more attractive compared to Linux and
will give their huge existing user base little reason to switch to RedHat
or SUSE etc. A GPL Solaris will help Sun remain competitive with the
up-and-coming Linux vendors.
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