Oracle Solaris, Oracle Solaris Cluster and Oracle Solaris Express are now under the Oracle Technology Network Developer License Agreement. The 90-day evaluation period has been replaced with a perpetual license that is limited to "the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications, and not for any other purpose."
"Sounds like this evaluation period many people were annoyed of is gone for the purposes described in the first snippet from the licensing agreement," writes Joerg Moellenkamp on his blog c0t0d0s0.org that features these excerpts from the new licensing agreement:
- "Except for any included software package or file that is licensed to you by Oracle under different license terms, we grant you a perpetual (unless terminated as provided in this agreement), nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited License to use the Programs only for the purpose of developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications, and not for any other purpose."
- "All rights not expressly granted above are hereby reserved. If you want to use the Programs for any purpose other than as permitted under this agreement, including but not limited to distribution of the Programs or any use of the Programs for your internal business purposes (other than developing, testing, prototyping and demonstrating your applications) or for any commercial production purposes, you must obtain a valid license permitting such use."
However, many of his readers don't find this news as liberating.
One responder cites the vagueness surrounding Oracle's plans which affects long-term planning for some. "It's not that we don't want to pay. It's just about being clear, talking to your users and let them be prepared to what they can do," notes the comment. "We don't need to click the OTN policy and read, if there were any official talk about their decisions. My doubts are that they have NO decision at all, they're just changing on the run, and nothing can reassure us that tomorrow they will change it without notification."
There is also a lot of discussion on entitlement and the Solaris Licensing Agreement (SLA), personal use and business use of the operating system. Interested readers may want to read the licensing agreement themselves, and clarify any ambiguities with an Oracle sales representative.
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