There was a time in 2000 when Linux was just a minor part (5%) of the complete industry and most of the industry was captured by Proprietary Unix (90%). But time changes, and hence the numbers. Today, the numbers got completely reversed and now the Linux owns 90% of the market share with merely 5% to proprietary Unix.

Solaris set free:

For the past decade, free Linux had been killing the market of Proprietary Unix and due to which, back in 2005, Sun Microsystems, Major Unix player, released their commercial Solaris OS for free. With Solaris 10 available free of cost, you just need to pay if you need the support for that.

Recently when Oracle bought Sun, everyone in open source world was eager to see what will going to happen with Solaris, and now the answer is in front of us, and that doesn’t look very good to me.

Things Changed:

After taking the charge, Oracle announced that Solaris won’t be free anymore. A latest change in license for Solaris, news posted at Infoworld, clarified that you can’t enjoy it free of cost anymore.

Previously the license read:

Obtaining an Entitlement Document is simple. On the Solaris 10 Get It page, select the platform and format you desire from the drop-down menus, and then click the Download Solaris 10 button. When you arrive at the Sun Download Center, either sign in or register, ensuring that a valid e-mail address is part of your Sun Download Center account to receive the Entitlement Document. Fill out the Solaris download survey, specifying the number of systems on which you are installing the software. Once you have completed the survey, you will be redirected to the Solaris 10 download page for downloading, and your Entitlement Document will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

But now oracle appended one more line in that:

Please remember, your right to use Solaris acquired as a download is limited to a trial of 90 days, unless you acquire a service contract for the downloaded Software.

With this small change, i don’t see much hopes with Solaris. Folks using Solaris will surely fall to Linux or some other variants in mean time and there will be a time soon when people will be using only free Linux instead of proprietary variants.

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