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I do not have any issue with you running Fedora. I was just asking why replace one unsupported version (F7) with another unsupported version(F9)? Why not go with one of the supported versions, F10 or F11?
Since Centos5 was based on FC6 and will have updates for the next few years, you may want to consider it instead. It is fully certified for supported use of all Scalix free and commercial products. That way you would not be running a version that does not(and will not) get any security updates. Centos is free to download/update just like Fedora.
On upgrading from one updated Fedora release to another outdated Fedora release:
I had some older server hardware running in some places where I maintain IT. The servers are used on a local network only, and there's no problem with performance due to low data traffic. It made sense to upgrade Fedora as much as possible, but the newer the Fedora releases are, the more difficult it becomes to upgrade to those (no drivers for very old components, breaking old scripts, resource-hungry new window managers as the default, etc). So it makes sense in some cases to stick with the old. Obviously it would be the best to buy all new 64-bit hardware with tons of system resources, but some customers will simply not pay for new equipment if the old one does the job without problems - even old Linux is simply too good. So keeping old Fedora's is not a matter of being stupid! I have to say it this way, because each time this topic comes up, someone starts arguing about unsupported Fedora's and going for the bleeding egde new releases, etc - this is not necessarily a choice that is made by the system maintainer. Some old server hardware simply won't work well with bleeding edge releases.
That is exactly why I push Centos so hard. You still have the compatibility with the older hardware, etc and you have the security (and hardware) updates. In the situation you are describing (which many of us face) Centos is a win-win cure, you do not have to live without security updates to run the older equipment.
just finished installing CentOS5.2 (replaced FC9) today on the test server. Can't wait to see how smooth the Scalix install will go. If it looks good, I'll put it on the production box. Look forward to not upgrading until 2014!