[GE users] Grid Engine 6.2u5 courtesy binaries are available

templedf dan.templeton at sun.com
Fri Jan 22 14:59:48 GMT 2010

The intention of the license was that use of the courtesy binaries is 
free and unfettered, including the right to redistribution.  The only 
licenses we sell are for the Sun Grid Engine product.  Now, I'm not a 
lawyer, and I can't guarantee that the license that was actually put in 
place satisfies the original intentions, but I'm pretty sure it does.  
The source code itself is under SISSL, which is a very open license.  If 
you build from source, there are also no restrictions on you.  Again, 
not a lawyer.

And just for the record, gridengine.sunsource.net is not really an 
independent body.  The site is hosted by CollabNet, but the community is 
"run" by the same Sun team that creates the Sun Grid Engine product (of 
which I am a member).


mhanby wrote:
> Dan, can you comment on this discussion? Is it legal to use Grid Engine courtesy binaries and or recompiled source in a research production environment without purchasing a license from Sun?
> -----Original Message-----
> From: fx [mailto:d.love at liverpool.ac.uk] 
> Sent: Thursday, January 21, 2010 4:32 PM
> To: users at gridengine.sunsource.net
> Subject: Re: [GE users] Grid Engine 6.2u5 courtesy binaries are available
> darkstar <udo.grabowski at kit.edu> writes:
>> to my understanding, gridengine.org is an independent open
>> organization which is just sponsored by Sun, so Sun licenses
>> should not apply here. Since there are SGE binaries from Sun
>> and different GE courtesy binaries, I conclude that the one
>> is the Sun version with real money to pay (for, maybe, enhanced
>> functionality), and the other is the gridengine.org version
>> (whatever license that has) where someone who knows has to
>> clarify if and what is to pay (and who is the receiver of that
>> money).
>> Correct me if I'm wrong.
> I can't give such a legal opinion, but you should get one before
> disregarding Sun legal notices in the source and web pages, and
> trademarks (on the redirection from gridengine.org to the advertised
> location of the binaries).
> Look:  I _suspect_ the licence currently under
> https://cds.sun.com/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/CDS-CDS_SMI-Site/en_US/-/USD/ViewProductDetail-Start?ProductRef=GE-6.2U5-OS-G-F@CDS-CDS_SMI
> is a bug.  However, unless Sun does something -- and I'm surprised
> no-one has commented -- that's what there is.


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