Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Jun 2009 17:50 UTC, submitted by poundsmack
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris The team at Sun behind OpenSolaris has unleashed OpenSolaris 2009.06 upon the world. This new release comes packed with new features, changes, improvements, and fixes, and is the first release of OpenSolaris for SPARC, adding support for UltraSPARC T1, T2 (Sun4v), and UltraSPARC II, III and IV (Sun4u). Read on for some of the improvements that stand out.
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RE[5]: Pay or run unstable
by kaiwai on Mon 1st Jun 2009 21:52 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Pay or run unstable"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

"They are meant to receive security updates


Do you think thats good enough when dealing with security ?
"

Do you think it is good enough posting prattery on this website? ask them - for all you know the issue might have been mitigated and thus does not require an update. I am not 'in the know' so I can't say one way or another, but I don't jump to a conclusion when there could be a very reasonable explanation as to the decision they made.

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RE[6]: Pay or run unstable
by gjoahnn on Tue 2nd Jun 2009 16:27 in reply to "RE[5]: Pay or run unstable"
gjoahnn Member since:
2009-06-02

He is NOT lying, your information is inaccurate, please have a look at the Opensolaris Subscription Service FAQ, it has just been changed from

Q: If you download OpenSolaris, but do not purchase an OpenSolaris Subscription, what can you receive?
A: You can download OpenSolaris to obtain security and Device Driver fixes, but you are not entitled to any support.

( http://209.85.129.132/search?q=cache:Hg4LFWbFwXkJ:www.sun.com/servi... )

to now

Q: If you download OpenSolaris, but do not purchase an OpenSolaris Subscription, what can you receive?
A: You can download OpenSolaris and receive package updates via the community but you are not entitled to any support from Sun nor will you have access to the package updates from the Support Repository.

( http://www.sun.com/service/opensolaris/faq.xml#q4 )

Then take a look at http://blogs.sun.com/security/category/alerts , Opensolaris is not magically more stable than Linux. The /release branch of 2008.11 has a lot of serious security vulnerabilities (e.g. in ipfilter, OpenSSL or Firefox) which have been fixed in Solaris 10, /dev and subsequently 2009.06 but NOT in 2008.11 or 2008.05. At http://pkg.opensolaris.org/release/feed , you can easily see for yourself that neither 2008.05 nor 2008.11 have received security fixes.

For me that precludes any serious use without shelling out $300 for a support contract which many developers probably won't need.

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RE[7]: Pay or run unstable
by akrosdbay on Tue 2nd Jun 2009 17:18 in reply to "RE[6]: Pay or run unstable"
akrosdbay Member since:
2008-06-09


Then take a look at http://blogs.sun.com/security/category/alerts , Opensolaris is not magically more stable than Linux. The /release branch of 2008.11 has a lot of serious security vulnerabilities (e.g. in ipfilter, OpenSSL or Firefox) which have been fixed in Solaris 10, /dev and subsequently 2009.06 but NOT in 2008.11 or 2008.05. At http://pkg.opensolaris.org/release/feed , you can easily see for yourself that neither 2008.05 nor 2008.11 have received security fixes.


Those are snapshots of the OpenSolaris development. You upgrade to the newest if you need the security fixes or just install the latest versions of the packages that need updating. Those are free. Upgrading an Opensolaris release is painless and with the automatic snapshot image-update does it is relatively easy to fall back.


For me that precludes any serious use without shelling out $300 for a support contract which many developers probably won't need.


You don't need it. You can install latest version of the packages or just upgrade.

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