McNealy: Sun considering general public licence for OpenSolaris,

Sun Microsystems is evaluating whether it should release OpenSolaris under the GNU general public licence (GPL), company co-founder and chairman, Scott McNealy has said.

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Sun Microsystems is evaluating whether it should release OpenSolaris under the GNU general public licence (GPL), company co-founder and chairman, Scott McNealy has said.

OpenSolaris, the open source version of Sun's Solaris operating system, has so far been released under the Common Development and Distribution Licence (CDDL), which is also approved by the Open Source Initiative (OSI).

"There are good arguments for both, and we might do both," McNealy said. "There are some folks who actually prefer CDDL over GPL." CDDL allows a country like India to develop its own intellectual property, protect it and generate revenue from it, he added.

"I would hardly say the world has adopted open source yet," McNealy said. The challenge is in getting the message out, he added. Sun's own open source pitch has not been heard around the world, according to McNealy. That is why he is travelling to India and other countries to get the message out, he said.

There have been nearly 8m downloads of Solaris in the last two years, and there are 900 systems certified to run Solaris, which is more than any Linux distribution, McNealy said.

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