As you may know from my previous blog postings, Oracle Sun recommends customers to install or upgrade to the latest Solaris 10 Update in major maintenance windows. Based on a request from customers whose change control policies prevent them from upgrading, we've been producing Solaris Update Patch Bundles which bring pre-existing packages up to the same software level as the corresponding Solaris Update. The difference is that the Patch Bundles don't provide new or up'rev'd packages introduced in the corresponding Solaris Update.
For customers considering use of the Solaris Update Patch Bundles, that raises the obvious question as to which packages are introduced or up'rev'd in each Solaris Update release. The lists above answer that question.
Aside: As discussed in previous blog postings, all core Solaris OS packages are updated via patches. The up'rev'd packages above refer to some 3rd party and community based apps included in Solaris (e.g. Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird, etc.) which are updated via package updates (i.e. where one package version is removed and replaced with a later version). This is to tie in better with the release strategy for such apps.
Many thanks to my colleague, Roisin Doran, for all her work in putting this together.
I'll ask Roisin to work with the Technical Writers to include updated versions of these lists in future Solaris 10 Update release documentation.