Sun release source code for Solaris 8

Greg Lehey grog at
Thu Jan 27 14:27:36 AEST 2000

On Wednesday, 26 January 2000 at 20:00:57 -0500, Mirian Crzig Lennox wrote:
> Greg Lehey <grog at> writes:
>> The conditions look rather like the SCO ancient UNIX licences, but
>> it's *cheaper* ($75, which includes deliverables from Sun).  Warren,
>> is this ammunition to lobby SCO to drop the prices of Ancient UNIX
>> licenses?
> After looking at the site, it seems as though Sun is trying to
> prevent licence holders from sharing code with other licence
> holders.

I'm not 100% sure what they mean here.  Nobody can stop you
distributing software you wrote as long as it doesn't contain
proprietary Sun code.  You could do that with diffs.

> If this is true, it would certainly make the Solaris licence less
> desirable to hobbyists than the ancient UNIX licence, unfortunately.

I think it is anyway.  For hobby purposes, I'd much rather use either
4.4BSD (for modern usage) or one of the old UNIXes.

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