Licensing Information


Legal Requirements

Use of the Solaris 10 Operating System download or media kit is governed by the terms of the Software License Agreement (SLA) included with the software. The free Solaris 10 Operating System license has certain restrictions and requirements. Because the Solaris 10 OS is free, there is not a distinction between new and upgrade licenses.

In order to use the Solaris 10 Operating System for perpetual commercial use, each system running the Solaris 10 OS must have an entitlement to do so. The Entitlement Document is delivered to you either with a new Sun system, from Sun Services as part of your service agreement, or via e-mail when you register your systems through the Sun Download Center. Customers who did not receive an Entitlement Document with their new Sun system or through their service agreement must also register each system with Sun. In addition, if you install the Solaris 10 OS on additional systems, you must register those systems to receive an additional Entitlement Document.

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.

The Entitlement Document is an adjunct to the Software License Agreement (SLA) that always accompanies the Solaris Operating System software. The SLA sets forth the terms under which Sun Microsystems, Inc. allows an end user to use the Solaris software for evaluation purposes for 90 days and is a binding legal agreement between Sun and the end user. End users should be sure to review the SLA in its entirety; any legal questions should be directed to the end user’s own legal counsel. Please note that because the entitlement granted by Sun is nontransferable, end users may not give the Solaris software to any third party. The new owner is responsible for obtaining a Solaris 10 OS entitlement.

Registering Systems to Run Solaris 10


Solaris 10 Download Customers
Obtaining an Entitlement Document is simple. On the Solaris 10 Get It page, select the platform and format you desire from the drop-down menus, and then click the Download Solaris 10 button. When you arrive at the Sun Download Center, either sign in or register, ensuring that a valid e-mail address is part of your Sun Download Center account to receive the Entitlement Document. Fill out the Solaris download survey, specifying the number of systems on which you are installing the software. Once you have completed the survey, you will be redirected to the Solaris 10 download page for downloading, and your Entitlement Document will be sent to your registered e-mail address.

Solaris 10 Registration Process for Non-Download Customers
If you obtained the Solaris 10 OS by means other than a download or are installing the Solaris 10 OS on systems that have not yet been registered, you must still register to receive an Entitlement Document that gives you the right to use the software past the 90-day evaluation period and for commercial purposes. Follow the same process described above for download customers. After completing the download survey, you will be redirected to the Solaris 10 download page for downloading. Simply forego downloading; your Entitlement Document will be sent to your registered e-mail address.