Avoiding confusion about Solaris 10 patches and updates

Copy of an email sent to patchpolicy-AT-sun-DOT-com

Folks, the following sentence on http://www.sun.com/service/sunconnection/solaris10patches.html serves only to confuse the issue.

As of November 29, 2005, the following options will be available for accessing Solaris 10 software updates:

Right from the start we have been pointing out that the Solaris 10 updates (eg s10u1, s10u2, ...) will remain free for download. \*I\* understand that this is to remain the case. Many people are likely to be confused over over this now because of the phrase "software updates" in the above sentence.

Even though it \*is\* the case that the Solaris 10 updates will remain free, we \*are\* going to cop some confusion and the resulting bad feeling in the public forums through the use of these words.

Is it possible to choose a name less confusing? What was wrong with calling patches "patches"?

alan.

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Update - Nov 21

I've received an response from the patch policy folks along the lines of they'll look at incorporating my comments for their next update before the end of November. Let's wait and see.

I really don't think we should be in the business of trying to confuse our customers. If this naming goes ahead we will have:

  • Solaris 10 Hardware Updates (adding New hardware support)
  • Solaris 10 Software Updates (patches)
  • Solaris 10 Updates (new functionality. eg zfs)

It's starting to get silly.

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