After the OpenDocument Format (ODF) Plug-in mentioned in my previous post (Oracle starts to monetize Free Software, is it wrong?), here goes Solaris.

Oracle has changed the Solaris (aka. Sun Solaris [not OpenSolaris]) terms of use to reflect the Oracles policy of monetizing and generating more revenue from Sun applications by changing service models.


According to the Sun Solaris 10 license as it was offered back in 2005:

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.


Now Oracle has appended a single sentence that effectively modifies the entire intent of the above terms of use.

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.

That’s right, you need a service contract from Oracle now onwards to use Solaris more than 90 days. Previously, you could use the Solaris download as long as you wish without having a contract with Sun Microsystems.

If you are giving away something for free while being able to generate revenue out of it, you’re probably in a bad business model.

For Oracle[as always], there is no wrong time to make money. If you don’t own shares of Oracle or worried about the future of commitments from Oracle to the communities involving the users of these software, don’t complain.

But still, you can comment here on this blog. 🙂

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