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Oracle Database (RDBMS) Releases Support Status Summary [ID 161818.1]

 

  Modified 14-SEP-2010     Type BULLETIN     Status PUBLISHED  

Oracle Database (RDBMS) Releases Support Status Summary

Information here was last updated on 14-Sep-2010

This note shows the current main Oracle Database releases along with information about the support status of each release and its Patch Sets.

  • To see the main support alerts and Patch Set release note updates for any release click on the 3 digit RDBMS version number in the first column of the table below.
  • For details of the new Lifetime Support Policy which applies to server releases 9.2.0 onwards see Lifetime Support Policy
  • For details of Oracles Error Correction Support Policy in relation to Patch Set levels where fixes can be produced see the link in Note:209768.1
  • For details Patch Set release dates and proposed release dates see Note:742060.1
  • To see the desupport notices click on the hyperlinked desupport dates in the table (only for releases < 9.2).
  • For terms used here see Terminology after the table.
  • See Note:207303.1 for details of interoperability support between different Oracle releases.

 

Oracle Database Releases Status Summary

Release
(Click to see Details)
Current Patch Set Next Patch Set Premier Support Ends Extended Support Ends Notes
11.2.0.X 11.2.0.2 11.2.0.3 Jan-2015 Jan-2018 Base release is 11.2.0.1.
11.2.0.2 Patch Set is a full release
11.1.0.X 11.1.0.7 None Aug-2012 Aug-2015 Base release is 11.1.0.6 .
11.1.0.7 is the terminal 11.1 Patch Set
10.2.0.X 10.2.0.5 None Jul-2010 Jul-2013
First year of Extended Support to be free of charge.
10.2.0.5 is the terminal 10.2 Patch Set.
Upgrade to 10.2.0.5 is not required immediately upon start of Extended Support.
The end patching dates for 10.2.0.4 can be found in Note:742060.1 .
10.1.0.X 10.1.0.5 None Jan-2009 Jan-2012 10.1.0.5 is the terminal 10.1 Patch Set.
10.1 is now in Extended Support – see Note:761713.1
9.2.0.X 9.2.0.8 None Jul-2007 Jul-2010
Limited Extended Support is available from July 2010 to July 2012 on selected platforms.
See the “Extended Support” details here

First year Extended Support was free for 9.2

9.2.0.8 is terminal 9.2 Patch Set.
The Free Extended Support period ended on 31-Jul-2008. See Note:392222.1

Key to coloring of above table:

Premier Support
Extended Support
Fixes only possible where noted
Sustaining Support

 

Release
(Click to see Details)
Terminal Patch Set Error Correction Support Ends
(Click on dates to see Desupport Notices)
Extended Maintenance Support Ends
(Click on dates to see Desupport Notices)
Notes
9.0.1.X 9.0.1.4
(9.0.1.5 for iAS)
31-Dec-2003 No EMS. 9.0.1.4 is the terminal general use 9.0 patch set.
Fixes only possible for iAS infrastructure instances on 9.0.1.5.
8.1.7.X 8.1.7.4 31-Dec-2004 for strategic platforms
31-Dec-2003 for other platforms

(Novell NetWare ended 31-Jan-2003)
31-Dec-2006 for strategic platforms
31-Dec-2005 (or earlier) for others

(No EMS for Novell NetWare)
8.1.7.4 is the final Patch Set for 8.1.7.
EMS has ended.
Fixes only possible for exception cases listed in the Desupport Notice.
8.1.6.X 8.1.6.3 31-Oct-2001 Extended to 01-Jun-2002 for E-Business Suite Customers only. No EMS EMS is NOT available.
8.1.5.X 8.1.5.1 01-Jan-2001 No EMS 8.1.5.1 exists on Solaris / NT / SNI / SGI only
8.0.6.X 8.0.6.3 30-Sep-2001 EMS ended 30-Sep-2003 Fixes only possible for customers with E-Business Suite (in Server Partitioned mode). Must be on 8.0.6.3
8.0.5.X 8.0.5.2 OpenVMS 31-Mar-2001
HPUX 64 bit 01-Jan-2001
AIX 64 bit 01-Jan-2001
Other platforms 30-June-2000
No EMS  
8.0.4.X 8.0.4.4 31-Mar-2000  No EMS OS/390 was desupported 01-Nov-2000
8.0.3.X 8.0.3.2 31-Mar-1999 No EMS  
7.3.4.X 7.3.4.5 31-Dec-2000 EMS ended 31-Dec-2002 EMS has ended
7.3.3.X 7.3.3.6 31-Dec-1998 EMS ended 31-Dec-2000 EMS has ended
7.3.2.X 7.3.2.3 31-Jan-1998 No EMS No EMS was available for 7.3.2

Key to coloring of above table:

Fully supported ECS
Fixes only possible where noted
EMS only
No Error Correction available

Interoperability Support

See Note:207303.1 for details of interoperability support between different Oracle releases.

Terminology Used in this Article

Release

This is the first 3 digits of the Oracle Database (RDBMS). Click on the links in this column to see support status of the release, recent server alerts and latest information on Patch Sets. For 8.1.7 onwards these links also include information about which Patch Sets are available on which platforms.

Patch Set

Patch sets are Oracle Corporation’s mechanism for delivering fully tested and integrated product fixes on a regular basis. Patch sets provide bug fixes only; they do not include new functionality, and do not require certification on the target system. Application of a Patch set changes the 4th digit of the Oracle Database release.
Patch Sets are released individually for each platform but contain a common set of generic bug fixes which may be supplemented by additional port specific bug fixes. Eg: 10.1.0.4 on AIX will contain the same generic bug fixes as 10.1.0.4 on Solaris.
Patch sets are cumulative. For example, 10.1.0.4 includes all the fixes in 10.1.0.3 as well as new fixes for 10.1.0.4.
The release dates of current Patch Sets on each platform are detailed in Note:742060.1

Next Patch Set

This column shows the version of the next expected Patch Set. Note that this is not a guarantee that the listed patch set will be released, and if it is released it may not be produced for all platforms.
“None” indicates no more patch sets are planned.

Terminal Patch Set

This is the final patch set for the release. (Some platforms may have a lower terminal patch set)

Patch Set Exception (PSE) / Interim Patch

The terms “Interim Patch” and “Patch Set Exception” are synonymous. If a customer encounters a critical problem that requires a fix prior to the next patch set becoming available then they can request that a one off fix is made available on top of the latest patch set. Such requests require suitable technical and business justification before being processed, and the resulting fixes are not regression tested. Patch set exceptions are only available:

  • On Oracle releases eligible for Premier Support or where a customer has purchased Extended Support
  • On the latest patch set on the given release / platform
  • Subject to suitable technical and business justification
  • Subject to technical feasibility

Full details of “Interim Patches” can be see from the link in Note:209768.1 which should be read in conjunction with the “grace period” dates in Note:742060.1

Premier Support

This term applies to server releases >= 9.2 only.
See Lifetime Support Policy. Allows for fixes to new bugs / issues to be provided. Customers are expected to be on the latest Patch Set in order to get any Patch Set Exception (a one off bug fix).

Extended Support

This term applies to server releases >= 9.2 only.
See Lifetime Support Policy. This is a purchasable support option which allows one-off fixes (Patch Set Exceptions) to be obtained for critical issues.

Sustaining Support

This term applies to server releases >= 9.2 only.
See Lifetime Support Policy. Customers get indefinite assistance with service requests, on a commercially reasonable basis, 24 hours per day, 7 days a week.

Error Correction Support (ECS)

This term applies to server releases <= 9.0 only.
Allows for fixes to new bugs / issues to be provided. Customers are expected to be on the latest Patch Set in order to get any Patch Set Exception (a one off bug fix). Once a release has passed its Error Correction Support date it enters Extended Assistance Support.

Extended Maintenance Support (EMS)

This term applies to server releases <= 9.0 only.
This is a purchasable support option which allows one-off fixes (Patch Set Exceptions) to be obtained for critical issues. Customers who have not purchased EMS cannot get fixes for new issues. EMS customers must be on the Terminal Patch Set of the given release.

Extended Assistance Support (EAS)

This term applies to server releases <= 9.0 only.
More details of what EAS encompasses can be seen in any of the desupport notices. Most importantly EAS does NOT include:

  • New bug fixes nor backports of existing fixes
  • Escalation support nor response time adherence

Change history


 14-Sep-2010  First 11.2.0.2 Patch Sets released
 19-Aug-2010  10.2 is now in Extended Support (first year is free)
 21-May-2010  Limited Extended Support available for 9.2
 02-May-2010  10.2.0.5 Released
 31-Mar-2010  Add end support dates for 11.2 and clarify 10.2.0.4 position
               regarding patching
 08-Feb-2010  Changed title from "Server" to "Database"
 26-Nov-2009  Added 10.2.0.5 and 11.2.0.2 as likely next patch sets
 23-Sep-2009  Add 11.2
 11-May-2009  10.1 in Extended Support, 10.2 first ES year free
 10-Nov-2008  Add link to note 39222.1 for 9.2
 20-Oct-2008  Add links to new note 742060.1
 24-Sep-2008  Some Lifetime Support Policy links had old URL still
 19-Sep-2008  Added 11.1.0.7
 01-Aug-2008  9.2 free Extended Support has now ended
 08-Jul-2008  Change "TBD" to "To Be Decided"
 23-Apr-2008  Change hyperlink for Lifetime Support Policy, Add 11g dates
 17-Aug-2007  Add 11g
 10-Aug-2007  9.2 now in Extended Support
 10-May-2007  10.1.0.5 is terminal patch set
 Earlier changes not recorded.

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