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Solaris Life Cycle

News See also Recommended Links Solaris 10 Solaris 9 Solaris 8 Humor etc

Sun makes support available on products for five years after the last ship date (LSD) or put simply end of sales date. The period from the LSD through the EOSL Date is referred to herein as the EOSL period .

There are actually three types of Solaris releases.

For Solaris this period split into two years of full support and 3 years of limited support.  During the priod of full support Solaris gets all software updated and only new hardware support is no longer added. Solaris 8 is about to hit end of sales in Feb. 07.

Software Product Family Full Support Limited Support
Solaris OS 2 Years 3 years
Java System Software 1 Year 4 years
Other Sun Unbundled Software 3 Years 2 Years

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[Feb 1, 2006] Solaris Operating System End-of-Software Support Statements - Solaris 10 1-06 Operating System

The following end-of-software-support announcements are current, as of the Solaris(TM) 10 1/06 Operating System. For the complete text of Solaris Operating System end-of-software-support announcements see the Solaris 10 Release Notes.

What is the latest release of of a particular version of Solaris OS

Solaris Operating System - Releases

Solaris 10 Operating System (OS)

*Note: The interim Solaris 10 3/05 HW 1 and HW 2 releases are no longer necessary. Customers using platforms for which these releases were originally created should now use Solaris 10 6/06 or 1/06, which include support for these platforms plus important enhancements not found in the HW releases.

Using -etc-release File Information to Determine the Solaris OE Revision

Using /etc/release File Information to Determine the Solaris OE Revision

The /etc/release file was first introduced on the Solaris 2.5.1 Hardware 4/97 release and can be found on all subsequent Solaris versions.

The purpose of the /etc/release file is to determine easily the base OS level or the OS release the system was upgraded to. The /etc/release file is the same whether obtained from the installed operating system, the CD ROM, or the installation image on the hard disk.

Example

 /etc/release
 /cdrom/solaris_2_5_1_hw1197_sparc/s0/Solaris_2.5.1/SUNWsolnm/reloc/etc
 image_path.../Solaris_2.5.1/SUNWsolnm/reloc/etc

A listing of the contents for the specified OS versions follows. The Maintenance Updates "release" file is read directly from a system that had the Update applied to it. Other examples originate from the install image, as indicated by the path information shown.

Note: not every maintenance update is listed below.

Release Listing

Solaris 2.5.1 OE

Solaris 2.6 OE

Solaris 7 OE

Solaris 8 OE

Solaris 9 OE

This information is maintained as a 'living document' by the SunSolve Online program and is updated as new releases become available.

April 2002

Features Removed From the Solaris 10 Operating System

Features That Might Be Removed in a Future Release

End-of-Software-Support Announcements in Previous Releases of the Solaris Operating System

For more information on end-of-software-support announcements published previously, see the following documents on http://docs.sun.com.

[Jan 10, 2006] Solaris 10 1/06 The latest Solaris 10 release with new enhancements, support for new platforms and features that enable easier installation and integrated capabilities

[Sept 12, 2004] Solaris Operating Environment End-of-Software-Support Announcements Solaris 9 9-04

The following end-of-software-support announcements are current, as of the 9/04 (Update 7) release of the Solaris(TM) Operating System. For the complete text of Solaris Operating System end-of-software-support announcements see the Solaris 9 9/04 Release Notes on http://docs.sun.com.

[Feb 15, 2002] Solaris 8 2/02 What's New Solaris 8 2/02 -- the last Solaris 8 update release

Announcing the Solaris(TM) 8 2/02 Operating Environment. This update release supersedes all previous Solaris 8 updates. Please note: this is the last planned update of the Solaris 8 Operating Environment.

Sun UltraSparc II Transition & End-of-Life

Model LOD LSD

Ultra 5 11/13/01 2/15/02 5/17/02

Ultra 10 5/7/02 8/9/02 11/8/02

Ultra 60 4/9/02 7/12/02 10/11/02

Ultra 80 4/9/02 7/12/02 10/11/02

E220R 5/7/02 8/9/02 11/8/02

E450 5/21/02 8/23/03 11/22/02

E250 Not yet announced

E420R Not yet announced

End of Service Life (EoSL) Policy

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Sun End of Service Life (EOSL) Policy

Sun makes support available on products for five (5) years after the Last Ship Date (LSD). The period from the LSD through the EOSL Date is referred to herein as the EOSL period (EOSL Period).

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Solaris Releases, releases everywhere... By Eric Nielsen and Julie Nelson

As system administrator, you have probably seen many releases of the Solaris software lately. The Solaris release cycle can be confusing and you might not understand the difference between the many Solaris releases that are available to you.

There are actually three types of Solaris releases.

Marketing releases include major functionality changes. These releases might also contain new interfaces that impact some application compatibility. The Solaris marketing releases end-of-life some features and add new features. In general, Sun works very had to remain binary compatible between releases, but many vendors recertify their applications. Also, marketing releases might have significant kernel changes that increase the risks associated with compatibility and stability.

Because of the increased risk of compatibility, marketing releases have a major number change such as Solaris 7 to Solaris 8. These releases occur about every 2 years.

Several times a year, Sun offers updates to the Solaris operating system. The updates are designed to provide new functionality in a controlled, compatible fashion. Although new functionality might be present, no interface changes or major changes to any existing feature code is permitted. The result of these controls is complete binary compatibility between update releases of the same marketing release.

These updates are provided in two forms, the Solaris Update release and the Solaris Maintenance Update release. It may be difficult to understand the differences between these two seemingly similiar update releases.

A Solaris Update release is a complete release of the Solaris operating environment. It contains all of the packages included in a marketing release, with bug fixes applied to these existing packages. Plus, there might also be new packages.

The purpose of an update release is to provide:

Because an Update release contains updated packages, not patches, you can use a Solaris Update release to install the Solaris operating environment on a new system. Or, you can upgrade a system that is already running the Solaris operating environment. When you upgrade to a Solaris Update release:

The Solaris Maintenance Update release is a patch release only. This release does not contain any new functionality and bug fixes are delivered by individual patches. The Maintenance Update installation program automatically updates your system without regressing any patches you have previously installed.

When you install the Solaris Maintenance Update, you do not get any support for new hardware nor do you get any new features in the Solaris operating environment. However, you can backout individual patches that you install from the Solaris Maintenance Update.

So, which should you install, the Solaris Update release or the Solaris Maintenance Update release?

You can install or upgrade any system to a Solaris Update release. But, to install a Solaris 8 Maintenance Update release, you must have the Solaris 8 operating environment installed on your system.

Do you want... Solaris Update Solaris Maintenance Update
to install the Solaris operating environment
on a new system
X
new Solaris features included in the Solaris Update X
support for new hardware X
all of the patches X X
to install specific patches X
to back out specific patches X

To identify the version of the Solaris software that is running on your system type:

# cat /etc/release

The output will look something like this:

Solaris 8 4/01 s28s_u4wos_05 SPARC
Copyright 2000 Sun Microsystems, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Assembled 17 January 2001

Solaris 10

Solaris 10 1/06 The latest Solaris 10 release with new enhancements, support for new platforms and features that enable easier installation and integrated capabilities

Solaris 10 Patches Update Announcement

Sun Microsystems - BigAdmin Patches SunSolve

Solaris Forums - Solaris 10

Solaris 9

Solaris Operating Environment End-of-Software-Support Announcements Solaris 9 9-04

The following end-of-software-support announcements are current, as of the 9/04 (Update 7) release of the Solaris(TM) Operating System. For the complete text of Solaris Operating System end-of-software-support announcements see the Solaris 9 9/04 Release Notes on http://docs.sun.com.

Features Removed From the Solaris 9 Operating System

Features That Might Be Removed From a Future Release of the Solaris Operating System

End-of-Software-Support Announcements in Previous Releases of the Solaris Operating System

For more information on end-of-software-support announcements published previously, see the following documents on http://docs.sun.com.

Solaris 8



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