Is it necessary to upgrade Fedora every six months?
Linux - NewbieThis Linux forum is for members that are new to Linux.
Just starting out and have a question?
If it is not in the man pages or the how-to's this is the place!
Welcome to LinuxQuestions.org, a friendly and active Linux Community.
You are currently viewing LQ as a guest. By joining our community you will have the ability to post topics, receive our newsletter, use the advanced search, subscribe to threads and access many other special features. Registration is quick, simple and absolutely free. Join our community today!
Note that registered members see fewer ads, and ContentLink is completely disabled once you log in.
If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact us. If you need to reset your password, click here.
Having a problem logging in? Please visit this page to clear all LQ-related cookies.
Introduction to Linux - A Hands on Guide
This guide was created as an overview of the Linux Operating System, geared toward new users as an exploration tour and getting started guide, with exercises at the end of each chapter.
For more advanced trainees it can be a desktop reference, and a collection of the base knowledge needed to proceed with system and network administration. This book contains many real life examples derived from the author's experience as a Linux system and network administrator, trainer and consultant. They hope these examples will help you to get a better understanding of the Linux system and that you feel encouraged to try out things on your own.
Click Here to receive this Complete Guide absolutely free.
You're never required to upgrade. Except for security patches or hardware patches you might need, it's not necessary every six months either. Otherwise you just need to upgrade/update the things you want when you want.
I'm using Fedora 4 on one of my machines, haven't needed to upgrade to Fedora 5, and don't plan to in the near future. I periodically run Yum (Yellowdog Update Manager), which is the package manager for Fedora, and update a few things that I use on a regular basis. I'm probably way behind on all the mp3 players 'cause I have this old-fashioned thing called a stereo.
If you're not looking for a "bleeding edge" distro, Debian might be a good choice. If you stick to the stable versions of their stuff (their default packages), you won't be having major updates all the time. Little tweaks here and there. Debian tends to release a new version every couple of years rather than twice each year. It's one of the older distros, runs well, installs easy, and is stable.
The Fedora Project supports each version of Fedora for one year (two releases, though FC5 was a bit delayed taking 9 months instead of 6 so FC3 and FC4 were supported for longer than usual), after which support is transferred to the Fedora Legacy project. Support in this case basically means software updates and security fixes. AFAIK ones Fedora legacy takes over a release, only security patches are offered and no other software updates (due to developer time constraint).
A good option for you might be CentOS, which is a free rebuild of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) with all the RH proprietary stuff removed leaving only the redistributable stuff. Red Hat supports RHEL for a minimum of 5 years per release (e.g. RHEL, now on its 3rd update, was released in Feb 2005 so it will be supported until Feb. 2010 at least). Since CentOS just rebuilds the RHEL packages, their support is the same. Note, however, that RHEL and CentOS are geared more towards stability than the bleeding edge apps (Fedora is geared to the bleeding edge, hence the fast release cycle). This may or may not be important to you.