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Old 12-28-2003, 12:41 PM   #1
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RedHat "end of life" Question


Greetings.............

just wondering how the "end of life" for Redhat products affects someone not running services open to the Internet.....i.e. using Linux as a firewall/router only.........should I be looking at another distro now or can I safely keep using my linux box since I am not running anything that connects from the Internet....

Hope I phrased this right

Thanks
 
Old 12-28-2003, 01:50 PM   #2
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While not running any services at all will minimize the ways in which the box can be exploited, there are certain areas that you simply can't limit public exposure. Things like iptables/netfilter, TCP/IP stack, and the kernel itself which could hypothetically be remotely exploited. If anything like that were to be exploitable, you would be SOL because Redhat will no longer release updated packages. Better to migrate now and do it on your own timetable.
 
Old 12-28-2003, 04:38 PM   #3
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Thanks Capt..

I guess its Fedora or another distro for me <sigh>

Somehow I think I will be posting more questions shortly
 
Old 12-28-2003, 05:14 PM   #4
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Fedora isn't too different from the previous Redhat releases (8.0 & 9.0). There are a couple of minor annoyances (broken package manager, problems w/ 3Com NICs) but if you're comfortable with RH and don't want to learn a new distro, then it makes for an easier transition. If you decide to go with Fedora, check out the LQ Fedora forum and take a look at the Fedora Core 1 Troubleshooting guide before you install.
 
Old 12-31-2003, 08:47 AM   #5
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Get ready for the "Core 1? That version is so out of date compared to Redhat 9, Mandrake 9, and Slack 9. When will they release Fedore 9?"

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Old 12-31-2003, 02:22 PM   #6
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The Next Fedora release will come out when Mandy, Slack, and SuSE put out 10. It will be Fedora Core 10. The Fedora Team has decided that minor version upgrades are for sissies and even sequential integer releases are "small-time", so all releases will be incremental powers of 10. Thus the release schedule will be:

FedoraCore1
FdoreaCore10
FedoraCore100
FedoraCore1000

and the Fedora Project has just broke ground on FedoraCore10^9 , who's going to be outdated then? Clearly FC10^9 will be vastly more supreme than a measley Slack 10.2 or even SuSE11, muuuhaaahaaahaaa!!

<Disclaimer> This is a joke for all those who haven't figured that out yet.
 
  


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