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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....
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.
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.
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:
and the Fedora Project has just broke ground on FedoraCore10^9 , who's going to be outdated then?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!!
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