Just a note that if you are upgrading to Solaris 10, and you want full access
to all recommended and security patches for the new OS, you have to buy a
'service plan' from Sun if you don't have any other existing maintenance or
service contract. There is an announcment about the change linked from the main
SunSolve page at "http://sunsolve.sun.com". Sun's also changed the terminology
to sound like like Microsoft (!), so patches are now 'software updates'. 8-)
I just had a look now and the cheapest service plan is US$120 a year and they
are basing the pricing on the number of processors you use (which are called
'sockets'), so for a typical dual-CPU system like an Ultra 60, the minimium
service plan price is US$240 for one year or just over US$600 for an extended
3-year plan! Ouch.
If you don't have a service plan the only patches you can download for free are
security and hardware driver updates! That probably won't bother grass-roots
users (students, non-profit businesses, educators, etc.) but it will affect
small buiness significantly.
The new policy is more restrictive than the previous policy under which Sun
made recommended and security patch kits available for free to everyone. Do you
think this will turn a LOT of end-users away from Solaris (and Sun's hardware
in general)? I tend think that it will - especially small businesses, etc.
It'll put Solaris only in the market for medium to large enterprises and other
segments are likely to skip Solaris in favour of an open-source Linux of *BSD
OS. Particularly since Sun is now favouring Opteron-based hardware designs and
effectively building 'Sun-badged PC-type' workstations and lower-end servers.
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