Re: Solaris 10, questen for Peter Korn


The text you found in the registration process just means that you won't receive an official right-to-use document if you don't provide a valid email address to send it to. Solaris 10 has recently been made available as open source; a few small pieces that Sun doesn't own the 'intellectual property' rights to are not open-sourced so far, but the vast majority of Solaris is open sourced now. So there is now something called "OpenSolaris" which is almost identical which you can download, or build, modify and redistribute, under a fully free software license. (There are probably some additional requirements on the download page because of US export law, but nothing onerous from a free software perspective to the best of my knowledge). The latest version of Solaris with the latest fixes is available to registered OpenSolaris users as "Solaris Express, Community Edition". This is all free of charge (unless you want technical support or a service contract, of course, which is not free).

I expect that in the very near future this will be the easiest and best way to get pre-tested gnopernicus, gok, and AT-SPI in a free distro, if it isn't already. I'll try and do some more research to find out whether the accessibility test suite (which Sun uses internally for its Solaris 10 and "Nevada" builds) can be added to the community OpenSolaris test suite.

I would also very much like to see other distros testing the accessibility stack, since some folks will of course still wish to run Linux instead of Solaris and the whole idea is "universality" of our work. We're trying to work with Ubuntu to get a working liveCD version, but it seems from the recent omission of atk-bridge from Ubuntu that they aren't testing accessibility yet.

best regards,


Peter Korn wrote:

Hi Petra,

In the Licensing Information for Solaris 10 I fund the following

The registration process to receive an Entitlement Document is part of the Solaris 10 download process, with the Entitlement Document being returned to you via e-mail. For this reason, YOU MUST PROVIDE A WORKING E-MAIL ADDRESS AS PART OF YOUR SUN DOWNLOAD CENTER ACCOUNT. If you fail to do so, you will not receive an Entitlement Document and will only have the right to evaluate the Solaris 10 OS for 90 days.

Are there any limitations in function (including accessebility) during this 90 days evalation

Could I in fact evaluate Gnopernicus using Solaris 10?

Hmmm... I am unfamiliar with this License document. What we ship in Solaris 10 is an unmodified version of Gnopernicus. No trial/evaluation code is running that cause the application to stop running after a certain number of minutes or days. You can definitely evaluate Gnopernicus using Solaris 10. Please note though, the word of open source moves fairly fast, and Solaris 10 was built in January, 2005. Gnopernicus and GNOME and FreeTTS and various other accessibility bits were frozen in November/December 2004. There have been many bug fixes in the entire GNOME and accessibility software stack, in the accessibility implementations of programs like Mozilla and Evolution, since that time. One particularly annoying bug affects the FreeTTS speech synthesizer when used by Gnopernicus - under stress it can go silent, and the Solaris 10 edition of Gnopernicus won't re-start it (that's been fixed).

Sun releases periodic updates to Solaris. Solaris 10 Update 1 will contain a number of very important accessibility fixes (as well as a number of important fixes having nothing to do with accessibility) - the speech issue I mentione above is one such fix. I'll send out an announcement when it is available.


Peter Korn
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