Money first, patches later
"if you can" is the nub of the issue. Patches are not free and I doubt that they will refresh the free Solaris 10 version. Fine for corporate folk, not for hobbyists.
Oracle today emitted a huge batch of 299 security fixes for its software – including a patch for a vulnerability exploited by a leaked NSA tool that can hijack Solaris systems. Details of the massive April dump can be found here: Oracle describes the updates as "critical," and urges admins to install them "without delay." …
Lets face it, Oracle dose not give a flying fsck about any hobbyist.
When Sun did well with Solaris it was when they engaged with universities, etc, to practically give it away so a generation of computer science students left knowing and generally liking it. Oddly enough that translated in to future sales when they got jobs in the real world.
Those days are long gone and not coming back, now its only Windows & Linux/Android.
Sun supplied Solaris as their hardware needed to run an OS.
Oracle need hardware to run on but expect to charge you for whatever software (inc their OS) you run.
BTW how is the "No support below Solaris 11" different from the "No support below Windows 10" of Microsoft?
Isn't it great how much the NSA cares about the US. Soon as their tools were leaked, they went right to the vendors and told them what needs to be patched to prevent the massive fraud that would occur from common criminals having their tools.
Oh they didn't, just who do they protect? oh, the bad guys,,, never mind.
Private IT companies must keep up a strong, invulnerable image, without any bugs. With such a narrow range of eligible code insiders, outsiders can greatly benefit by supplying spy-services to the competitors using this proprietary software.
Seems like ex-employees, or disgruntled current employees can enjoy profitable & very secret incomes, as long as the pretence of of "perfect" bug-free software MUST be maintained.
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