What will the EOL for Oracle Linux 8.5 if no support package is bought from Oracle?
When offered, Oracle Linux Premier Support, Oracle Linux Basic Support, and Oracle Linux Network Support for
Oracle Linux program releases 5, 6, 7, and 8 will be available for ten years from the date a release of the Oracle
Linux program becomes generally available.
For all other Oracle Linux program releases, Oracle Linux Premier
Support, Oracle Linux Basic Support, and Oracle Linux Network Support be will be available for eight years from
the date a release of the Oracle Linux program becomes generally available. If offered, support for Oracle Linux
program releases 5, 6, 7, and 8 may be extended for an additional three years with Oracle Linux Extended Support.
Oracle Linux and Oracle VM Support Policies
Effective Date June 4, 2021
Last Update: September 3, 2021
The service lifetime and risk tolerance of the server also needs to be determined. Operating systems and software upgrades come on a periodic basis, called a release cycle. Vendors only support older versions of software for a certain period of time before not offering any updates; this is called a maintenance cycle or life cycle.
In an enterprise server environment, maintenance and release cycles are critical considerations because it is time-consuming and expensive to do major upgrades. Instead, the server hardware itself is often replaced because increased performance is worth the extra expense, and the resources involved are often many times more costly than the hardware