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Old 10-07-2008, 02:06 AM   #1
haywardham
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Question Yum and Obsolete Fedora versions on the site


1.If yum always updates from existing repos..why isn't there a way to max.it's usage and update from 3rd party repos when the original distrib repo +extra have become 'out of date or obsolete?'..for example fc6...while 7,8,9 and 10 is available....?
2.Again, asking the question in another way...why are we still keeping all these Q+A's on fc1-fc6 on the web site.Isn't it like reading old newspaper?Are we leading the new comers into a dead end operating system while everybody is moving on to the latest version?
 
Old 10-07-2008, 03:08 AM   #2
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I don't follow your 1st qn, but for your 2nd:

1. some people still have the old versions
2. some qns are not version dependent
3. you may have noticed that qns naturally 'age' ie slowly but surely drop down the page and so on through higher and higher num pages that most people never look at.
 
Old 10-07-2008, 02:07 PM   #3
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1.If yum always updates from existing repos..why isn't there a way to max.it's usage and update from 3rd party repos when the original distrib repo +extra have become 'out of date or obsolete?'..for example fc6...while 7,8,9 and 10 is available....?
Once a release becomes EOL'ed it just shouldn't be used anymore. That's the "Fedora way" of doing things and the reasons they have for doing that are perfectly sane IMNSHO. If you don't want to follow their strict upgrade regime, maybe it's time to move to another distro instead?
 
Old 10-08-2008, 01:50 AM   #4
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Thanks,unSpawn...
ok for the rational...are most other distribution of Linux follow the same as RedHat?...I know I won't stick around window 95 or millenium version while xp and vista is on the market and a bit more slick..
...if an older version can do the job why would anyone go for an upgrade without some real benefit?..
i am raising these questions for the sake of discussion..
thanks.
 
Old 10-08-2008, 02:26 AM   #5
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1. For RH there is RHEL (RH Enterprise Linux), which is recommended for prod server. Its not bleeding edge, but very stable/reliable. Updates/patches continue for 5 yrs after initial release of each version.
You have to pay for this & the phone/email support that comes with it.

2. If you want a free but unsupported version of RHEL, use CENTOS. Same code, no RH logo. Same lifecycle.

3. RH Fedora is a free bleeding edge distro deliberately. Approx new ver every 12 mths(?). Only 2 versions at any one time are 'supported' ie have active repos with updates. Currently that's v 8 & 9.

4. Other distros have 1 or more variations of the above available. See www.distrowatch.com.

5. 'Real benefit of upgrades' is not getting broken into & fixing bugs that stop you getting stuff done. IOW, the usual SW issues.



HTH
 
Old 10-08-2008, 02:41 AM   #6
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...in addition to what's been said already:
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are most other distribution of Linux follow the same as RedHat?
Fedora does not equal Red Hat.


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...if an older version can do the job why would anyone go for an upgrade without some real benefit?.. i am raising these questions for the sake of discussion..
The "can do the job" part is too vague, no definition, and the "without some real benefit" is a preconception, a misinterpretation of something. Reading up on things before discussing would be a good start.
 
  


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