Friday Feb 27, 2015

Last Solaris 8 and 9 patches released

Solaris 8 and 9 Extended (a.k.a Vintage) Support finished at the end of Oct 2014. 

We've flushed the queues of any fixes which were still in-flight from that time and released the final set of Solaris 8 and 9 patches have been released to MOS.

Solaris 8 and 9 patches will continue to be available to customers with appropriate Sustaining Support contracts, as will telephone support, but no new Solaris 8 and 9 patches will be created.

As you can see from Page 37 of the Solaris Support Lifecycle Matrix, Solaris 8 was released in Feb 2000 and Solaris 9 in March 2002, so we've been providing patches for them for 15 and 13 years respectively.  So long, old friends!

The good news is that Solaris 10 patch support will continue under Premier Support until Jan 2018 and under Extended Support until Jan 2021. 

The equivalent dates for Solaris 11 SRU (Support Repository Update) support are Nov 2021 and Nov 2024 respectively.

This ultra-long-term support coupled with our Binary Compatibility Guarantee protects your investment in Solaris.

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Solaris 9 exiting Extended Support period

Solaris 9 is exiting Extended Support and entering Sustaining Support.

In accordance with the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy for Software and Operating Systems, http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-hardware-301321.pdf (Page 37), and http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/hardware-systems-support-policies-069182.pdf (Pages 6 and 9), all patches created during the Extended Support period will revert to "Operating System" access entitlement on MOS so they are available to all customers will a valid support contract, not just those that purchased Extended Support.

There will be a final patch release cycle in November for both Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 to release bug fixes currently in process. 

After that, there'll be no new Solaris 8 or Solaris 9 patches created.  All existing patches will remain available.

It's time to move to Solaris 11.2! 

You can even run Solaris 10 guest domains under a Solaris 11 Control Domain and run Solaris 8 and Solaris 9 branded zones in your Solaris 10 guest domains if you really want to.

Or you can leverage our Binary Compatibility Guarantee to run your apps natively on Solaris 11 and enjoy the vast performance and maintainability benefits that Solaris 11.2 brings.

Please see my equivalent Solaris 11 blog, https://blogs.oracle.com/Solaris11Life to get an idea of the vast improvements Solaris 11 brings over Solaris 8/9/10, including a much improved maintenance experience with no more patches!

Tuesday Oct 18, 2011

Solaris 9 transitioning to Extended Support

Just a quick heads-up that Solaris 9 will transition to Vintage support (old sun terminology) / Extended support (Oracle terminology) at the end of this month.

Solaris 9 patches released from November 1, 2011, will have Vintage/Extended access entitlement by default, which means that only customers with an Extended Support contract for Solaris will be able to access them.

Updates to the Recommended Solaris 9 OS Patchset will cease at that time.

Pre-existing Solaris 9 patches (and the final version of the Recommended Solaris 9 OS Patchset) will remain available under normal "OS" entitlement - i.e. they can be accessed without an Extended Support contract.

For more details, see:

Lifetime Support Policy brochure, especially pages 27 to 31

How Patches and Updates Entitlement Works, DocID 1269292.1

Best Wishes,

Gerry

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This blog is to inform customers about patching best practice, feature enhancements, and key issues. The views expressed on this blog are my own and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle. The Documents contained within this site may include statements about Oracle's product development plans. Many factors can materially affect these plans and the nature and timing of future product releases. Accordingly, this Information is provided to you solely for information only, is not a commitment to deliver any material code, or functionality, and SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON IN MAKING PURCHASING DECISIONS. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described remains at the sole discretion of Oracle. THIS INFORMATION MAY NOT BE INCORPORATED INTO ANY CONTRACTUAL AGREEMENT WITH ORACLE OR ITS SUBSIDIARIES OR AFFILIATES. ORACLE SPECIFICALLY DISCLAIMS ANY LIABILITY WITH RESPECT TO THIS INFORMATION. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gerry Haskins, Director, Software Lifecycle Engineer

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