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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 now also provide updated packages or errata for free from separate yum repositories on the Oracle Linux yum server. 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. "ol7_latest" for Oracle Linux 7. See the installation instructions on the Oracle Linux yum server getting stared page.

If you would like to also receive free updates to the Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel, make sure to enable the "[ol7_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.

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Comments ( 16 )
  • Yuri Trukhin Friday, March 23, 2012


  • Alexey Friday, March 23, 2012

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

  • guest Friday, March 23, 2012

    Hi Lenz,

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



  • guest Saturday, March 24, 2012

    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!

  • Lenz Monday, March 26, 2012

    @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.

  • guest Wednesday, April 18, 2012

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

  • Mark Creamer Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    This is fantastic. Thank you Oracle!

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012


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

  • guest Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    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?

  • guest Friday, May 18, 2012

    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...



  • Lenz Monday, May 21, 2012

    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).

  • Michel S. Monday, July 2, 2012

    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!

  • guest Monday, July 23, 2012

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

  • Lenz Monday, August 27, 2012

    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.


  • Nacho Sunday, December 9, 2012

    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

  • guest Thursday, September 12, 2013

    it's so slow to do yum update.

    frequently failed.

    why not have some mirrors?

    I'm very disappointed!

    http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/UEK/latest/x86_64/repodata/primary.xml.gz: [Errno 12] Timeout on http://public-yum.oracle.com/repo/OracleLinux/OL6/UEK/latest/x86_64/repodata/primary.xml.gz: (28, 'Operation too slow. Less than 1 bytes/sec transfered the last 30 seconds')

    Trying other mirror.

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