[rescue] (ADMIN NOTE) Re: BIOS update for Sun Fire v40z?

Bill Bradford mrbill at mrbill.net
Wed Aug 18 16:41:38 CDT 2010

On Tue, Aug 17, 2010 at 03:53:13PM -0700, Ellie Fant wrote:
> I've just bought a second hand v40z from ebay 
> Does anybody know where I can get hold of the latest BIOS without having
> to pay lots of money for a support contract I don't want/need?

This list is not a distribution channel for unauthorized downloads of
Oracle/Sun firmware images.  

Yes, we all know that Sun used to allow access without a support contract.
Times have changed (unfortunately; I can't even get updates for the T1000
that Sun donated to sunhelp.org anymore because I can't afford what Oracle
wants for the support contract), and you just have to live by Oracle's
rules now.

Anyone posting similar requests in the future (trying to get around support
contract agreements) will be unsubscribed.  

I've run SunHELP as a labor of love since 1997; it now makes *zero* income
and I keep it going due to my enthusiasm for the platform, OS, and the
incredible community.  

I certainly can't afford a confrontation with Oracle's lawyers; I'm still
paying off debt left from my wife's death last year.

So please, everyone, play nice and follow the rules.


Bill Bradford 
Houston, Texas

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