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A customer of mine is still using Solaris 8, now I have a product which requires testing against this OS, however looking at Oracle, they merely provide 10 and 11. Is it possible to find Solaris 8 for download (x86) still? Or is it a lost cause?

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Solaris 8 was last shipped on February 16, 2007. You can only get patches for it until end of march 2012 after which it will reach its end of service life.

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Alright, so not even a test/development version is available anywhere? – Anders Nov 15 '11 at 13:40
Mmm, thanks. Now I shall go sailing into a bay or something. – Anders Nov 15 '11 at 13:55

You would need a valid developer account and/or maintenance agreement with Oracle. I do not believe those are free.

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Solaris 8 was only released for the SPARC architecture. Your best bet is to contact Oracle and see if they will sell you any CDs. You should be able to pick up a SPARC machine capable of running Solaris 8 on the second user market. For software package etc there is always

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Solaris 8 was definitely released for both SPARC and x86. From Solaris 2.2 onward, the source code was unified and both SPARC and x86 architecture were supported and released. Only Solaris 9 was released a little later for x86 than SPARC but that was the only incident. – jlliagre Nov 15 '11 at 13:44
Thanks for educating me. I only used SPARCs till 10 came out. I do recall an early version of 2.x for x86 but (obviously incorrectly) though that it was dropped early on. – Iain Nov 15 '11 at 13:50
@jlliagre: I don't suppose you can help with this can you ? – Iain Nov 15 '11 at 14:47
I'm afraid I can't. I have no experience with these. – jlliagre Nov 15 '11 at 21:14

Have you tried running their existing binaries on Solaris 10? ideally it should run as Solaris provides "Binary Gurantee" which means binaries compiled for old version of OS should run on new version os OS without a recompiling.

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sorry forgot this is a very old question. – Sagar Srivastava Sep 28 '12 at 18:47
Always good for future reference. However, this was not a possibility due to specific configurations and such. Long story, however, I did end up finding a working copy of Solaris 8 in a bay with by sailing boat... – Anders Oct 1 '12 at 11:58

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