Important note: As of September 18 (or shortly thereafter), HP will institute a change in the way that Patch services are accessed. Beginning at that time, Patch access will be through the ITRC support portal. You need to have a valid ITRC user ID and password and will now also need an active HP support agreement that includes Software Updates linked to your ITRC profile to access Patch content and services. We urge you to review your current support coverage now to ensure you have valid coverage and can maintain uninterrupted access to Patch. To obtain support coverage, please contact your local HP office or representative or visit http://www.hp.com/go/contacthp access HP via Chat or phone. For more information, please read the FAQs at this link.
http://www.itrc.hp.com/service/cki/docD ... -c02476621
As of 6th October the 'entitlement-enabled' SWA C.02.75, a valid ITRC login and an ongoing HP support contract are required to even check current HP-UX patches, let alone download them. The FTP server holding the patches has of course been removed already. This also impacts OpenVMS and presumably Tru64, etc.
Although HP have been quite gentle with the hobbyist/non-commercial sector (implicit license to use HP-UX with hardware ownership, free patch access) until now it seems like the good times have finally come to an end. The situation on the HP forums doesn't imply that this decision will be reversed or restricted hobbyist licenses issued either, although it's likely that security patches will be free, along with firmware updates for older machines.
Not good news for tinkerers, hackers or indeed anyone who likes to keep their system patching/admin skills up to date outside of a fully licensed data centre!
HP Management strikes again. Even IBM do a better job than this with AIX...
Further information can be found below (you'll need an ITRC login though):
http://forums13.itrc.hp.com/service/for ... Id=1444293
http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/for ... 8+28353475