KSG wrote:Yes, there are people running stuff that old -- and older. But it's Oracle's position that they shouldn't be running those old versions. So why would they (Oracle) be expected to make available software that they do not want people to use?
Everything is fine..
Just maintaining a tab with software library won't be that much harm. (even no 10g software available, there are servers still running in 8 and 9 releases)
It would cost money, wouldn't it, because Oracle would need to have it available for all different platforms.
Again, Noting is going to up-side down if Oracle itself would be providing access to earlier version of Software
Not everyone of us is still searching. Most people take care about media and take system backups.
Also, everyone is supporting whatever the Oracle decides even everyone of us still using/searching the earlier version of software
KSG wrote:Remember that Oracle is far more willing than most large software companies to make production software available for download to the world. You certainly can't go over to the Microsoft site and download Windows, Office, Visual Studio, etc. free of charge for personal enrichment. That openness is a major potential source of lost revenue for Oracle due to piracy.
Again, Noting is going to up-side down if Oracle itself would be providing access to earlier version of Software :)
user11181920 wrote:I would be shocked (though I haven't read the agreement in ages) if the license you agreed to with Oracle allows you to redistribute the software to a third party. It is almost certainly not legal (at least in the US, laws in other countries may vary but I expect most would follow the US) to distribute software to a third party even if you believe the third party had previously licensed the software. That's basically what SAP just lost a $306 million dollar lawsuit over.
But is it legal for somebody else to share their copy of the software initial installation, and copies of all patches you were entitled while you were supported?
I assume - yes. But I am not a lawyer and I do not know for sure.
Of course, if you are using Oracle in a production environment, you probably ought not let your support agreement lapse in the first place.It is not a user who let support expire.