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FOSS Support In Oracle Solaris

Lukas Rovensky
Senior Manager, Software Development

Support of Free and Open Source Software in
Oracle Solaris is described inside
a knowledge article [ID 1400676.1],
which can be found inside My Oracle Support (MOS). This
knowledge article is the most definitive source of information concerning FOSS support in
Oracle Solaris and shall be used by Oracle Solaris customers.


Free And Open Source Software (FOSS) components provide important functionality vital to users
of modern UNIX operating systems. Oracle Solaris is no exception, and the number of FOSS packages
delivered with Oracle Solaris has increased with each update and full release.

This knowledge article provides background information concerning support of FOSS packages delivered
with Oracle Solaris 11 and older Oracle Solaris releases. Free and Open Source Software (FOSS) Support
in Oracle Solaris

FOSS packages selected for delivery with Oracle Solaris are ported and tested on each Solaris release,
so users can install the packages they require without the need to compile the binaries from source code.
The most important packages are integrated with Oracle Solaris technologies, for example SMF, ZFS, SAM-QFS,
DTrace, etc. For such packages Oracle Solaris engineers work with the respective FOSS community to bring
in the Solaris related changes. The intention is to ensure that the up-stream versions of the FOSS
components include such related changes and Oracle Solaris FOSS components do not have a separate source

The FOSS components delivered as part of Oracle Solaris can be divided in to several categories:

  • Core Operating System
  • Core Operating System Services
  • Core System Administration and Diagnostic Tools
  • Development Tools
  • Desktop Environment (including Gnome components)
  • Backward Compatibility
  • Dependency Components
  • General FOSS

Support Principles

A subset of FOSS components delivered in Oracle Solaris, see below, are supported in terms of Oracle Premier
Support for Systems as described in

Oracle Lifetime Support Policies: Oracle Hardware and Operating Systems
For these FOSS components, Oracle will provide patches, updates and fixes of security vulnerability issues
in conjunction with Open Source communities using commercially reasonable efforts. The remaining FOSS components
within Oracle Solaris are supported on best effort basis.

For these remaining FOSS components, Oracle will accept Service Requests from contracted customers and
resolve any packaging and/or install issues, resolve any dependency issues between packages, investigate
security vulnerability issues and issues raised by customers for available fixes from respective communities
and eventually provide updated stable versions when available. Oracle will not provide code fixes or
workarounds for FOSS components, fork FOSS components to suit customer requirements, nor accept Service
Requests for Feature enhancements.

A new version of a FOSS component will be delivered in
Oracle Solaris 10
either in a form of a patch or in an update release.

A new version of a FOSS component will be delivered in
Oracle Solaris 11
either as part of a

Support Repository Update (SRU)
or in an update release.

Once a FOSS component has been discontinued by its community then it may be removed from support.
Such FOSS component(s) may also be removed (End of Feature) from Oracle Solaris or replaced by another
FOSS component to provide similar functionality.

List Of FOSS Supported In Terms of Oracle Premier Support

Solaris 11 Solaris 10
  • Apache httpd 2.2
  • bash
  • bind
  • bzip2
  • coreutils
  • cups
  • ghostscript
  • GNU tar
  • gzip
  • IP Filter
  • ksh93
  • net-snmp
  • ntp-dev
  • OFED-rds-tools
  • openssl
  • openssl-fips
  • pam_pkcs
  • ProFTPD
  • quagga
  • Samba
  • sendmail
  • Unzip
  • vim
  • Apache httpd 1
  • Apache httpd 2
  • bind
  • IP Filter
  • ntp-dev
  • OFED-rds-tools
  • OpenSSL
  • quagga
  • sendmail
  • Samba

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