[nSLUG] Solaris licensing changes - Was: ATom based backup units

D G Teed donald.teed at gmail.com
Mon Apr 12 22:47:59 ADT 2010


On Mon, Apr 12, 2010 at 8:33 PM, Daniel MacKay <daniel at bonmot.ca> wrote:

> So, it's such a great little box that I'll be replacing it sometime in the
next month and selling the E220R for parts.

BTW, it seems Oracle/Sun has now changed the Solaris licensing, while
making it sound like things were always like this.  The Solaris 10
(not OpenSolaris) license basically says it is free for evaluation for
90 days, or for internal use.  You need a service plan to access updates.
Solaris 10 can be used as is for no additional cost on new
Sun systems as delivered.

http://www.infoworld.com/d/open-source/license-change-leaves-sun-solaris-users-crossroads-858?page=0,0

http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/popup.jsp?info=17

This is unfortunate for owners of personal Sun machines.  The things you can
run under Linux on Sparc hardware is often limited (e.g. no tomcat), and
the stability of kernels like BSD and Linux are somewhat lesser, especially
in contexts such as SMP, or lacking the ecache scrubber Sun provided
to help UltraSparc II procs survive the daily neutrino bombardment.  i.e.:

http://www.gleezorp.com/scoreboard.html

--Donald
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