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Re: Errata Support Period

On Tue, 17 Dec 2002, Martin Stricker wrote:

> "M. Yu" wrote:
> > Just went to www.redhat.com/errata/ to check for updates for my RH8
> > box and saw this announcement that RH would be providing "errata
> > maintenance for at least 12 months from the date of initial release".
> >  It also puts up the End of Life dates for errata maintenance for
> > several products.  What exactly does this mean?
> It means that after that date no more security fixes will be publishes
> by Red Hat - it literally is unsupported. I don't think you can buy
> support for these versions.
> > Believe it or not I still run RH6.2 in some of our production boxes
> > and will probably continue to do so after the March 31, 2003 EoL
> > date.  What can I look forward to beyond 03/31/03?
> Upgrade to 7.3. Or be very careful and compile from source. But that
> will eventually become more and more complicated, because your system
> has too much old stuff and thus doesn't meet requirements of the new
> versions.

Speaking from personal experience I have found it is much easier to upgrade
to something more recent (in this case I would suggest 7.3) than it is to 
keep up a system that Red Hat has declared EOL. I tried this once and it 
was only 1 system and it was a major PITA to keep just the security updates
current. The only reason it hung around so long was it needed a hdwe upgrade
also and the customer didn't want to spend money on it. I was finally glad 
to see it go.


.............Tom	"Nothing would please me more than being able to 
tdiehl rogueind com	hire ten programmers and deluge the hobby market 
			with good software." -- Bill Gates 1976

   			We are still waiting ....

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