[rescue] Whither Solaris 10

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Tue Apr 28 12:40:49 CDT 2015

On 04/28/2015 05:59 AM, Jeremy Towers wrote:
> http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-hardware-301321.pdf
> shows that premier support for Solaris 10 ends in 2018.
> I have been told at Oracle user group meetings that S10 U11 will be
> the last release.
> Given that Solaris 11 is almost 5 years old now  (11/11/2011)  and
> that Solaris 12 will be released in a year or two, it is unlikely that
> any development work is going in in Solaris 10. Some things may well
> still be back ported.

  Development work *shouldn't* go into 10, IMO; it is feature-set-stable
and is being used as such.  People who want bleeding-edge "new Solaris
features" are running 11.  People who "need that machine to never ever
go down" are running 10 or prior, from what I've seen.

> My fear is that given the fact that applications must be reinstalled
> for Solaris 11, many companies will take the opportunity to switch to
> Linux.  Solaris 10 will of course run in zones, but at some stage the
> bullet will have to be bitten.

  While Linux has grown up nicely, and even I depend on it now for
desktoppy things, the PC hardware on which it runs best is still a joke.
 Having to move away from Solaris in the datacenter due to lack of
hardware support, or the production software base (BIND, MySQL, Apache,
etc) diverging farther away from compilability will suck, but given
Oracle's user-hostile attitudes, it will likely be unavoidable.  I give
it 3-5 years.

> I would like Oracle not to discount this danger.

  You and me both.  Trouble is, Oracle has never been very good about
listening to their customers.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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