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[2]: Pay or run unstable
by Jondice on Mon 1st Jun 2009 23:49 UTC in reply to "RE: Pay or run unstable"
Jondice
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2006-09-20

I can verify that OpenSolaris does receive security updates in the release repository. It isn't a lot compared to linux, but this could be a combination of 5 reasons:

1) There aren't as many security wholes in core solaris packages

2) Solaris doesn't use as many bleeding edge packages like Fedora, Ubuntu, etc.

3) Solaris probably doesn't have as many packagers as these more popular linux distributions.

4) And every now and then of course, maybe there is some ignorance or slacking going on, as in the (possible) case of Firefox not being updated to the latest stable release.

5) There just aren't as many packages available for Solaris as there are for linux. This is changing though, but out of all the unix distros linux is still the most friendly for building out of the box stuff - simply because more people use it (devs and end-users alike). Ideally apps would compile without too much difficulty on any UNIX, but there are so many reasons why this may not be the case in reality.

In any case, I would not be too upset over the current state of opensolaris updates.

Edited 2009-06-01 23:49 UTC

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