Sun reasseses open source

Logistics headaches are forcing Sun to rethink its source code giveaway of its Solaris 8 operating system.

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By  Peter Conmy Published  August 6, 2000

Logistics headaches are forcing Sun to rethink its source code giveaway of its Solaris 8 operating system.

In January of this year the company said it would make the source code of its latest OS version freely available by the third quarter.

However, Sun has come across problems in the physical delivery of its Unix operating system.

“One issue is getting it ready so that people can make sense of five to 10 million lines of code. There are not many people who know what to do with 10 million lines of code.

"Freeware, open source is fine when you are talking about hundreds of lines of code,” said Anil Gadre, Sun’s vice president and general manger for Solaris Software.

“One is an ease of use issue We have to try and make it friendly. The other thing we are finding is that people actually wanted certain parts [of Solaris] and not the whole thing.”

Consequently, one likely alternative is that Sun will release the source code in parts, each targeted at different developer segments.

“I think we should take our time to think a little bit further about what the [developer] communities want,” said Gadre.

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