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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by tony on Wed 3rd Jun 2009 07:50 UTC
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From what I've been able to research, it does look like OpenSolaris is "pay or run unstable", although it's a little confusing.

Take Ubuntu or Fedora, for example. You install the latest release, such as Fedora Core 10 or Ubuntu 9.04. Through a GUI or command line, or on an automated basis, a package manager downloads and installs the latest updates, security and otherwise. Primarily for security, it's important to keep up to date.

The update will load up any updates of Firefox, MySQL, the Linux kernel, Apache, OpenSSL, whathaveyou. It won't update everything, just what needs to be changed due to security/stability/bugfix. While the versions of those applications change, the distro (Ubuntu, Fedora) is still the same version. Even though the kernel version may change, it's still the same distro version.

I've received updates, but I'm not running a development release. I'm running what is considered, and designed as, a "stable" release.

Windows and Mac OS X work in similar ways.

Most distros/operating systems will keep updating packages for past releases. Even though 9.04 is the latest for Ubuntu, they still release updates for 8.10. Mac still releases updates for 10.4, and Windows for XP.

OpenSolaris seems to have a different model, and I think that's whats so confusing. There are numerous confused posts on the OpenSolaris boards with essentially the same question.

How does one, without paying for support, keep OpenSolaris up to date, without running a development/unstable release? It's pretty clear how to do that with most Linux distros, but less clear for OpenSolaris.

Edited 2009-06-03 07:52 UTC

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