Fedora Life Cycle

Greg DeKoenigsberg gdk at redhat.com
Mon Oct 22 21:21:44 UTC 2007

On Mon, 22 Oct 2007, Rodrigo Padula de Oliveira wrote:

> I'm thinking about the Fedora Life Cycle and i have some conclusions:
> - - 13 months is a very short life cycle time and it's a bad thing
> thinking in the Fedora Marketing (I am constantly asked about it in my
> lectures).
> - - with this short time we cannot use Fedora in production servers. In
> Brazil we have BIG FEDORA CASES and it's a major concern of Brazilian TI
> Managers.
> - - many of linux distributions has more than 13 months of life cycle
> So,how can we extend that life cycle to increase for at least 2 years by
> release?
> IMHO, we should do this!!

Appreciate the enthusiasm, Rodrigo, but again:

The goal of Fedora is rapid innovation.

The goal of RHEL/Centos is long-term supportability.

These two goals tend to be mutually exclusive.

The Fedora Legacy project tried to maintain Fedora releases for a longer 
period of time.  Legacy failed because no one volunteered to support it. 
Why?  Because they were all using Centos.

IMHO, it's far more interesting -- and useful -- to make upgrades work 


Greg DeKoenigsberg
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