Today, or was it yesterday, RedHat Linux 9 reached it's "end of life."
This has been predicted for some time.
And there exists a thread
that discusses what to do after the predicted fateful day. That day is now upon us.
But we still have RedHat installed in our computers. So, henceforth what shall we do, for (1)errata/bug warnings, (2)patches, and (3)software?
1) Errata/Bug/Security Hole Warnings
If you decide to stay with RedHat9 then there is an independent alternative warning service, confusingly called the Fedoralegacy.
Confusing because Fedora Legacy has a mailing list for RedHat 9.
which will inform users when errata (patches, bug fixes) have been released. From browsing the archives it seems that independent users are sending in patches e.g. this one for httpd
. Compared to the RedHat 9 mailing list, this legacy-announce mailiing list seems to be at a very much lower level.
Are there any other sites or mailing lists that provide information about errata in RH9 after the "end of life?"
It is possible to download and install patches announced on the above list by hand. Two applications called "apt" and "yum" can be used instead of "up2date" to get patches, updates, and other rpms. Yum is a little simpler than apt, which has more features. It is even possible to set up a "cron job" so that packages are installed automatically. These sites seem relevant:
But where can one download Yum or Apt and the documentation for RH9?
Does anyone know where we are going to get new software (not errata) for our RH9 from now on? For example, I tried to download php from php.org but failed. I suceeded in installing php using a php rmp from the Red Hat Network. Now that the RHN has died, where is the place to get software ready compiled for Red Hat 9?
Alternatively, we can of course switch to the commercial version of RedHat. I think that the workstation version is the cheapest.
You can buy it here for $90 at Amazon.com
Is this the cheapest supported version of Red Hat? Are there any companies that are selling their own version of Red Hat?
are offering support at $5 per month. (But this still works out at about the price of Microsoft.)
Or one may wish to go with the "Fedora Core"
Discussion of the Fedora Project takes place on a different forum here
. However, I am a little wary of the Fedora core as I explain on another thread
There is also "White Box Linux" which is a de-logo-ed version of the Red Hat Enterprise edition produced by someone working for an American Library. Since even the enterprise edition is based and thus cannot get away from Open Source, if one removes the logo and all things proprietory to RedHat then one can use their software for free. Sounds too good to be true.
There is another thread where we can give our opinions
of Redhat's new policy should we feel inclined. I guess that opnion will hinge upon whether Fedora Core is seen as an adequate replacement for the Red Hat distribution.
On this thread I beg that kind users share their tips on how to keep their free RedHat's, particularly RH9, alive and well.