Sun to open up the secret mix to Solaris

About a month ago, Sun let out the words that they are planning to give away source codes in Solaris and today, CRN has cited an anonymous Sun's employee and revealed that Sun is not just planning to give away bits and pieces, but they are opening up all the secret mix in Solaris!

What could Sun be thinking? Could they be wandering down the same path as Netscape did with Mozilla?

Developers and solution providers might get more than they expect when Sun Microsystems details its plans to open-source Solaris later this year.

Sources familiar with the company's plans told CRN at JavaOne 2004 that Sun is not going to simply open up bits and pieces of the millions of lines of code in Solaris, Sun's popular Unix-based operating system. The vendor plans to open up nearly all of the OS's source code, including, "all the rocket science," one Sun employee who requested anonymity said.

Sun will manage the open-source project, which likely will be unveiled in the fall and called OpenSolaris.org, though other names are being considered, he added.

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