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Last Solaris 8 and 9 patches released

Gerry Haskins
Director Security and Release Management

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.

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