The Open Source Initiative's license approval committee has given a vote of support to Sun Microsystems' license. In late December, the committee recommended that Sun's be granted official status as an open-source license, Chairman Russell Nelson said in an e-mail posting. The recommendation still must be approved by OSI's board, Nelson added.
Sun submitted the license, a variant of the Mozilla Public License, in December, then updated it later that month. The license likely will be used to govern Sun's , one of several versions of Unix and a product Sun plans to release as open-source software this month. The move is intended to make Sun's Solaris a stronger competitor to Linux and Windows.