[OpenIndiana-discuss] Solaris 11 source code leaked?

Brian Wilson bfwilson at wisc.edu
Tue Dec 20 17:23:57 UTC 2011

And on the heels of my cynicism is useful information from Alan.

I'd just like to apologize if my comments offended or annoyed anyone 
working at Oracle, still doing doing Good Things.  My cynicism and 
frustration wasn't meant to be directed at them, but at the Oracle 
organization's decisions in the past, and possibly future.


On 12/20/11 10:05 AM, Alan Coopersmith wrote:
> On 12/20/11 03:43, Gabriel de la Cruz wrote:
>> The code comes together with legal guidelines how to use it... as long
>> as those guidelines are followed, there is nothing wrong about it.
> If I take something you wrote and post it without your permission under a
> license you didn't approve it to be distributed under, I'm sure you'd 
> agree
> there's something very wrong with that.   I can't relicense Linux to 
> CDDL by
> just throwing up a torrent of its sources with a bunch of CDDL notices 
> in.
> Without any sort of Oracle statement that this is an intentional release,
> and with no links to it from an official Oracle site (including
> opensolaris.org), you have to assume it's unauthorized.
> [Just to be clear, I am *NOT* any sort of authorized Oracle spokesman 
> and not
>  issuing any statement on behalf of Oracle.   I am simply an engineer 
> with many
>  years of experience dealing with software licensing around open source
>  projects, offering my personal perspective.   This is always true for 
> things
>  I post to mailing lists, but most especially true in this case.]
>> This is not marked as classified or proprietary,
> Have you checked every file in it for such markings?   Preparing the 
> source
> releases is not a simple process, and if someone unfamiliar with that 
> process
> was to just grab it, they might well include such files, either by 
> mistake or
> malicious intent.
> Of course, you also have no guarantee that any file you find on an 
> anonymous
> torrent is the actual unmodified source code, and has not been 
> tampered with
> in any way to sneak in subtle back doors or other issues, or that it's 
> the
> final product with all the showstopper bugs fixed.

Brian Wilson, Solaris SE, UW-Madison DoIT
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