Free Updates and Errata for Oracle Linux

ISO images of the Oracle Linux installation media as well as individual binary RPMs (and the sources) of major and minor releases (Updates) have always been freely available for download, use and distribution, ever since we started the Oracle Linux support program.

We're now taking this a step further: in addition to the above, we will now also provide updated packages or errata for free from separate yum repositories on If you would like to keep your Oracle Linux system up to date, you can now do so by subscribing your system to the respective "_latest" repository for your distribution, e.g. "ol6_latest" for Oracle Linux 6. See the installation instructions on the public yum front page and the "How to subscribe to the free Oracle Linux errata yum repositories" article on the OTN Garage blog for details on how enable these repositories and to obtain the updates.

If you would like to also receive free updates to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 2, make sure to enable the "[ol6_UEK_latest]" repository as well - updates to the kernel will be made available from this separate channel until it is included in the next set of installation media.

Now what does this mean for Oracle Network Support? Getting access to the updates and errata was just one part of the offering – the following benefits will be available with an Oracle Linux Support Subscription only:

Wim also published a blog post with his take on the announcement.



Posted by Yuri Trukhin on March 23, 2012 at 04:28 AM PDT #

Can you add rsync for your repositaries? Syncing over http/ftp will be slower and eat your server cpu time and bandwidth...

Posted by Alexey on March 23, 2012 at 10:57 AM PDT #

Hi Lenz,

so good news then.. do the Ksplice Updates still require a access key from ULN?



Posted by guest on March 23, 2012 at 04:37 PM PDT #

And it would be really benefical for both sides if you could expose ISO images from e-delivery so that community can mirror them. TIA!

Posted by guest on March 24, 2012 at 12:47 PM PDT #

@S. : Yes, Ksplice updates remain a part of Oracle Linux Premier Support and thus require ULN access.

@Alexey: Adding rsync access is a good suggestion, we'll look into this.

Posted by Lenz on March 25, 2012 at 08:38 PM PDT #

Do the patches have the tags included, for instance, if I just wanted to perform a security or critical patch update?

Posted by guest on April 18, 2012 at 03:35 AM PDT #

This is fantastic. Thank you Oracle!

Posted by Mark Creamer on May 16, 2012 at 06:06 AM PDT #


If we have an Oracle RDBMS licence, we would have ASMLib support, too, no?

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 06:20 AM PDT #

So we can get free updated for OEL now and manage our OEL 11gR1 instances for free, correct? No need for a support license, correct?

Posted by guest on May 16, 2012 at 08:40 AM PDT #

Hi Lenz,

can I use OEL in production environment without buyin Oracle Network Support and receive updates? And even get Oracle Unbreakable Linux Kernel? If so, this is trully alternative for CentOS...


Posted by guest on May 17, 2012 at 09:59 PM PDT #

Correct, you can use *Oracle Linux* (including the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel) in your production environment and receive errata/updates without purchasing an Oracle Linux Support subscription.

Note: this does not apply to the database or any other licensed software you run on top of it, just the OS (as someone mentioned "11gR1" in his comment above).

Posted by Lenz on May 21, 2012 at 12:55 AM PDT #

Could you provide live images, or at least structure the yum mirrors in such a way as to enable network installation? Having to download the full 4GB ISO just to perform a minimal installation is a bit off-putting.

Thanks for making OL usable as-is, instead of making it a mere sampler that one needs a paid subscription just to get updates!

Posted by Michel S. on July 02, 2012 at 04:24 AM PDT #

Yeah but Centos and Scientific linux is free too. Truly free, even free support from the community.

Posted by guest on July 22, 2012 at 05:27 PM PDT #

You can get free support from the community for Oracle Linux as well: take a look at the Oracle Linux Forum, we have a very friendly and helpful crowd in there.

Posted by Lenz on August 27, 2012 at 03:09 AM PDT #

I'd love to have the same offer for Solaris. I used to use it for my own laptop I can't afford to live without security patches

Posted by Nacho on December 09, 2012 at 09:37 AM PST #

it's so slow to do yum update.
frequently failed.
why not have some mirrors?
I'm very disappointed! [Errno 12] Timeout on (28, 'Operation too slow. Less than 1 bytes/sec transfered the last 30 seconds')
Trying other mirror.

Posted by guest on September 12, 2013 at 05:46 AM PDT #

Post a Comment:
  • HTML Syntax: NOT allowed

Get the latest updates on strategy, products, events, news, customers, partners and all things Oracle Linux! Connect with Oracle's Linux experts.

Stay Connected




« September 2016