The following popped up on the Sun Developer Network RSS feed a few days ago:
"For a limited time, Sun is offering a free DVD media kit which includes the Solaris 10 Operating System for both SPARC and x86 platforms as well as Sun Studio 11 software.
Take this opportunity to get familiar with the most advanced operating system on the planet and the tools which enable the highest optimizations and best runtime performance on the Solaris Operating System, bar-none.
Sun Studio software provides optimizing C, C++ and Fortan compilers, visual performance tools, and high performance libraries to enhance your Solaris development environment."
The cost to Sun to distribute DVD's will be minimal compared to the potential increase in market share for/usage of Solaris. There's no question that Solaris has always been a rock-solid *nix, and if Sun can get the open source community using Solaris the benefits to Sun are obvious.