long term support release

Casey Dahlin cjdahlin at ncsu.edu
Wed Jan 23 03:55:36 UTC 2008

David Mansfield wrote:
> On Tue, 2008-01-22 at 19:25 -0800, Sean Bruno wrote:
>> On Tue, 2008-01-22 at 22:16 -0500, David Mansfield wrote:
>>> I'm fairly new to this list so if this is flame-bait, then I apologize.
>>> I was wondering whether there is any possibility of having the
>>> occasional 'long term support' (LTS) release of Fedora (say one every
>>> two years or something) so that users can settle down with the distro
>>> and actually become productive with it.  
>>> Say the LTS cycle is one release every two years (every fourth Fedora
>>> release), and that the 'long term' for support only lasts for two years
>>> (which is pretty short to use the term long for, I realize), then there
>>> would only be one LTS release, and also the most current release to
>>> worry about at any given time.
>> To be honest, that's more or less what RHEL and the free rebuild CentOS
>> are.  
>> Fedora is a sandbox of sorts.  It's a place where applications come
>> together and sometimes, where they come to die.  :)
> I use RHEL/CentOS extensively at work (versions 3, 4 and 5), and I'd
> have to disagree about that.  Tons of the 'cool' stuff that's in fedora
> gets left out of RHEL/CentOS.  I don't know who decides what 'makes the
> cut' for RHEL, but it certainly isn't the Fedora team. 
> For example, gnumeric and git, both 'everyday' tools, are missing from
> CentOS 5, AFAIK, but I'm talking about tons of other goodies.  The RHEL
> package selection process is too restrictive it would seem.
> And I'm not really complaining about that.  I think RHEL hits the target
> exactly and I don't want it to change, but it's not a real recreational
> desktop system, never was, never(?) will be.  It's a server os and
> possibly business 'productivity' desktop os.
> Plus, by having an LTS release, it would encourage the value-add
> packagers like livna and rpmforge to get on the bandwagon, and 'go long'
> as well, so it would be possible to have a multimedia enabled system
> that lasts more than 6 months. 
> David
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