Re: Free UNIX for non-commerical use.
From: Joerg Schilling (js_at_cs.tu-berlin.de)
Date: 27 Jul 2003 09:28:52 GMT
In article <3F233C74.4F4C3BAB@ntlworld.com>,
Dr. David Kirkby <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>Why on earth Sun don't change the licence conditions of their
>so-called free licence for Solaris on SPARC, I don't know. Solaris can
>be freely downloaded, yet its illegal to use it on virtually all used
>Sun kit sold. Their previous licence, which allowed for its use on
>machines of up to 8 CPUs seemed more sensible.
If you buy a used Sun, this machine would have been run wich a license before.
Even if the seller used a corporate license, the machine definitely did come
with a valid license from Sun when bought from Sun.
At least this license could be sold together with the HW. If Sun states
differenty, this is illegal and thus void.
So the real problem would be that Sun does not allow home users to upgrade
the Solaris release to a recent current version for free.
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