Sun to start publishing Solaris source code

Sun Microsystems will publish the source code for its Solaris operating system used to run large computer centers on Tuesday as the network computer maker hopes the free software will drive sales of its servers and computer services.

Source code is the underlying software blueprint of an operating system, which runs a computer and allows it to operate software programs. The move by Sun makes good on a pledge that Jonathan Schwartz, Sun’s chief operating officer, made in June 2004 at a Sun show in Shanghai.

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