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Re: long term support release



Joachim Frieben wrote:
On Jan 25, 2008 5:13 PM, Ralf Corsepius <rc040203 freenet de> wrote:

Do you want current packages or do you want the 3 year versions in RHEL?

Ralf


Why would you have to use 3 year old package versions when the RHEL release
cycle is 18 months? Honestly speaking, for people interested in actually
using an OS to get some real -work- done instead of seeking a life on the
bleeding edge for their own thrill, RHEL5 and respins of it are very well
usable.

Things are never that simple. It's easy to say you should use an enterprise version if you want to run some service for years - and hindsight is easy when someone gets that wrong. However when you are setting up something new you don't know if you'll want the same thing next week let alone years from now. So you start with fedora to have the latest tools, build something than happens to work nicely, then the security updates end. Or, the other way around, you start with a stale distro for stability but soon need a feature that is missing. There are thousands of programs involved in a distribution and you have to change them all and deal with an assortment of incompatible differences to get the one little thing you needed.

The Fedora user community is much more biased towards software
enthousiasts and early adopters, and in general, they wouldn't even stick to
Fedora release N after release N+1 has been readied 6 months later.
Accordingly, I would expect the interest of LTS for this group to be rather
limited.

If you think Fedora users should be limited to people that have some particular interest in fedora rather than anyone being able to use it as a generally usable OS, that view makes sense, but I'd rather have the latter. As a case in point, consider the situation of k12ltsp users. K12ltsp is a fedora respin that includes the ltsp package configured to boot thin clients 'out of the box' and some additional packages and it is widely used in school classrooms and labs. The last fedora-based build is from FC6 and the people running them have just noticed that they aren't getting security updates anymore - probably a very bad thing in a hostile environment like a classroom. There is an alternative built on Centos5, but these are people with better things to do than rebuild their classroom infrastructure with the associated risks mid-year. While they probably should have known what to expect, I think the fedora-based version was released before the centos one, so for a certain time window (and probably the one that matters for schools) the decision on what to install would have involved the feature differences between FC6 and CentOS4 which are fairly large.

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  Les Mikesell
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