Why does Sun distribute installers and patches for the same sfw packages?
Installing software on my solaris 10 box, I noticed that Sun distributes installers for Solaris (e.g. for Java SE, Java System Application Server) and OS patches and/or packages, being the latest, IMHO, harder to find (often there's no hint about their existence but the patch report).
Said that I prefer a patch/package when possible because it is (seems) easier to trace such an installation, I was wondering why do they maintain both mechanisms. Is it a compatibility issue with previous versions of the OS which prevents them distributing the same patch/package for all systems' versions? Is it to allow an ordinary user to perform a private installation? Other reasons I don't see? How do _you_ usually upgrade software in your system which is part of the OS distribution (such as JavaSE)?
Last edited by crisostomo_enrico; 07-19-2007 at 05:02 AM.