Patches and Service Packs - ESRI Support: "ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3"
ESRI announces ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 3. This Service Pack contains all the issues addressed in the previously released Service Packs for ArcGIS 9.0 (ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 1, ArcGIS 9.0 Service Pack 2) as well as additional improvements and maintenance fixes.
It’s important to know that we didn’t release SP 3 because ArcGIS 9 is so bad and we still don’t have things good after SP1 and SP2. The Release Team here in Redlands is now having regularly scheduled Service Packs to constantly improve the quality of the software. For example, 9.2 is not yet shipping to customer but they are already planning a SP for that release.