IT's time to remove the Solaris 8 packages

Juraj Lutter wilbury at
Thu Dec 4 00:18:09 CET 2014

On 12/03/14 23:09, Laurent Blume wrote:
> People,
> There's another guy on IRC coming to ask for S8 binaries. I think it
> is more than time to remove them from the archive.
> I have nothing against him, he asked nicely, But nevertheless, they
> must go.
> At this point, they are more a liability than anything else. All the
> famous vulnerabilities are there, HEARTBLEED, SHELLSHOCK, POODLE, and
> those who've not done the headlines.
> The people who come asking for them are following a pattern: they're
> obviously not experimented, and they clearly are not able to assess
> the risks, and *never* in a position to take decision.
> Then, their employers follow a similar pattern: they're cheapskates,
> who want to get as much money as possible from obsolete systems with
> no investment in time nor money. They willingly put their customers
> are risk because of their greed.
> And lastly, there's an existing alternative, there's SunFreeware,
> which, from a quick look, has much more recent packages.
> So frankly, I think we're doing a disservice to everybody by keeping
> those old files online. They should be removed. If a company is
> motivated to revive it and provides resources for it, welcome to it.
> But those files as they stand are just used as an excuse to avoid
> doing that.

I only can aggree with Laurent.

Juraj Lutter <wilbury at>

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