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I have fedora 14 on my desktop and laptop. Love it. Do a daily update. When I upgraded from 13 to 14 I neeeded to reinstall my openoffice suite since there was an incompatibioity between it and the distro - but fortunately it went well. It would be a disaster for me to go to 16 and find that openoffice no longer worked, since I've got tons of important legal material in open office files. So I'm nervous.
I updated my wifes desktop to fedora 16. It uses a newer gnome - no obvioius benefit - maybe change for changes sake? Maybe it does games better. I dont do games.
It has a disbenefit - her Kindle for PC no longer works. And I'm getting old and tired and frustrated at the idea of debugging that issue.
So I have not accepted the regular message to my computer to upgrade to Fedora 16. From the experience with my wifes computer, I see that if I do, then the old distrubition will disappear. i.e. if I interupt grub on her machine, fedora 14 is no longer there.
Does someone have some wise thoughts?
I could do a full disk copy, but that is not as easy as it used to be due to the virtual disk software.
You shouldn't have any problems with OpenOffice or LibreOffice. The odt file structure is an official ISO standard and won't change.
The problem for us Fedora 14 users is that support is about to end: no more updates and no more security patches. You could argue that any serious security problems are likely to have been found in the last year. I took that line and stuck with Fedora 10, but I had to switch to 14 when I found I couldn't read recent pdf files created on a Macintosh and there was no simple alternative solution. I'm afraid that change is inevitable.
I was just about to switch to CentOS for a longer support period, but a dummy run showed their version of Wine wont run a program that's absolutely essential. Your best bet is probably to create a small partition and try Fedora 16 on it as I did CentOS. If you want something less changeable, you might consider CentOS; Mepis, Salix, or Vector SOHO (if you don't mind KDE); or Salix, SalineOS, or Vector Standard (with Xfce).
Akuthia, John and David
Thanks for your thoughts - Sounds worse than I had realized
Back in the day I created a turn key solution based on DEC's rsx11m
Large real time hotel & condo & casino management system - marketed worldwide thru my distributors
Only app that ran on the hardware was my system
DEC would try to sell my customers op sys upgrades
My advice - my stuff is 100% solid on the version of rsx that I delivered - leave it alone
I think I'll take your current advice plus my prior advice and leave my Fedora14 alone
The thing about Fedora is that it's RedHat's R&D distro, is not guaranteed to be stable, requires a new install for each version and has a high turnover of versions (approx every year).
It is not supposed to be used for serious work. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fedora...ting_system%29