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Fedora upgrades and LTS



What I never seen in the Fedora updates (within a release) are major release upgrades of packages. Example: Openoffice.org is releasing v3, but that will never make it into the updates of F9, (might be wrong here!) to get upgrades like this, one has to manually install it or switch to F10. This is the same for many packages and follows the Fedora almost bleeding edge frontline philosophy. I like beeing near the front, using new software, but I'm starting to get tired of upgrading every 6month to a new release. This is because it's never flawless and ultra smoth to upgrade (not yet anyway) always some packages thats been obsolete or replaced, some functionallity thats totally different and needs a bit of working to upgrade. I've done it over the years, but a clean install often feels .. cleaner!.. and frankly it's to tiresome to do a clean install so you go with the upgrade (command line) ... solve the problems that occur and then continue to work.. This is still not anything for your grandma to attempt (and that is what it should be in the end) easy and clean! (a notification that appears, F10 is now out! upgrade system?) So this is something that an LTS version absolutely must have, new versions of software within a release and a smoth upgrade path. And smoth upgrades on a system that has additional software installed, not only a basic system setup. Even if this isn't any news, upgrading a system has never been a ride in the park.. not with any os / platform other than maybe a basic install without additional components.

Why even have releases... F8, F9 F10 etc.. I guess freezes are good for making new install media. But shouldn't updates/upgrades be sufficient. And sometimes on the time line functionallity changes will be part of that updates/upgrades, called mailestones. Wouldn't this be the ultimate LTS distro? (It would almost be as an neverending stable version of rawhide)

//Jonas



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