[rescue] Sun wants money for patch bundles?

Michael-John Turner mj at turner.org.za
Sat Apr 14 03:45:08 CDT 2007

On Sat, Apr 14, 2007 at 10:15:39AM +0200, Andrew Gaylard wrote:
> Another question:  it seems that Sun doesn't require a contract
> for any patches for Solaris-10.  Is this correct? Is it likely to
> remain this way?

When I last looked, all but critical security patches for Solaris 10
required a support contract, but that may have changed (particularly in
light of the recent changes in patch policy for Solaris 9 and earlier).

> If so, then I'd happily upgrade, except that I'm told that my Ultra-2/200
> can't run Solaris-10.  Or is that problem fixed nowadays?

Yep, unfortunately the UltraSPARC-I CPUs aren't officially supported by
Solairs 10. There is an unofficial workaround (that I can pass along if
you're interested), but I've not tried it myself. NetBSD will run nicely on
that machine though, heh.

> I assume that with Solaris becoming open-sourced, charging
> bucks for fixes will not be sustainable.  I for one would happily
> roll my own, in that case.

Indeed. The only problem is that Sun don't release patches for OpenSolaris
Community Edition - upgrades are full OS updates, rather than individual
patches. Rather annoying...

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