Re: End of "Free" Solaris binary licence program - now it's free.
From: Dave (nospam_at_nowhere.com)
Date: Sat, 19 Feb 2005 22:41:52 +0000
John D Groenveld wrote:
> In article <email@example.com>, Dave <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>which is a shame for people with older machines.
> I suspect there will be OpenSolaris projects to support legacy
Perhaps, although I gather the details of the OpenSolaris are not clear,
so its unlikely anything will come of that soon - if ever.
But what are people supposed to do *now* if they have an oldish Sun
today and want to install a Solaris OS on it?
Of course Sun could say "The last Sun 4m machine is too old to support".
I can accept that, but there are a lot of hobbiest around with them. I
suspect the goodwill that providing an OS for Sun 4m machines would be
of more benefit to Sun than the cost to Sun. I guess the real cost is
not bandwidth or disk space, but of the management time and lawyer costs
in doing this. It can't take too much effort though to just apply
exactly the same license conditions as on Solaris 10.
One only has to look on this site and see there are a lot of questions
about 4m hardware, so people have not written it off. For some its all
they can afford.
BTW, if the Netcraft site is to be believed, Sun are using Solaris 9 for
their web servers.
which means I'm in good company, as I do too on
Somewhere I read that Solaris 8 is the most commonly used Solaris.
Despite the fact I have an Ultra 80, I'm not going to rush into running
Solaris 10 for my home computer. Luckily I have the Solaris 9 CD - I
will make a backup, just in case I manage to scratch the things.