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Submission + - Oracle/Sun enforces pay-for-security-updates plan ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: Recently, the Oracle/Sun conglomerate has denied public download access to all service packs for Solaris unless you have a support contract. Now, paying a premium for gold-class service is nothing new in the industry, but withholding critical security updates smacks of extortion. While this pay-for-play model may be de rigueur for enterprise database systems, it is certainly not the norm for OS manufactures.

What may be more interesting is how Oracle/Sun is able to sidestep GNU licencing requirements since several of the Solaris cluster packs contain patches to GNU utilities and applications.

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Oracle/Sun enforces pay-for-security-updates plan

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  • I want to mod this as "stupid", but it's not the submission that's stupid, it's what Sun is doing. Too bad there's no mod tag for that.

I've got a bad feeling about this.