Oracle Switching Solaris To A Continuous Delivery Model

Written by Michael Larabel in Oracle on 28 January 2017 at 10:01 AM EST. 85 Comments
Last week talk of Solaris heated up again with Solaris 12 being removed from the Oracle road-map, after rumors of Oracle canning Solaris occurred in early December, meanwhile there are also more layoffs happening at Oracle. Oracle finally issued a blog post this week with a bit more clarification on the matter.

Via this post, Oracle Solaris will be moving to a continuous delivery model. Rather than working towards Solaris 12 or "disruptive updates", they will be working on smaller, continuous updates to Solaris 11. The post reads in part, "New features and functionality will be delivered in Oracle Solaris through dot releases instead of more disruptive major releases, consistent with trends seen throughout the industry. This addresses customer requirements for an agile and smooth transition path between versions, while providing ongoing innovation with assured investment protection."

Oracle is also extending their Solaris 11 support until at least January 2031 and their Premier/Extended support until January 2034. So it looks like Oracle Solaris 11 will be hanging around for years to come, but they are switching what's left of it to a continuous delivery model. There's also more Solaris demise talk via this OpenIndiana thread.
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