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DriveMeCrazy 06-20-2004 10:24 AM

Redhat: End of life
 
Hi all,

just curious to know that...
since redhat has reached end of life.
you guys planned to migrate to other linux distro or wat?

b0uncer 06-20-2004 10:43 AM

hey even RedHat wouldn't support old RHs it doesn't mean they stop working :) as long as I don't have a need to do any BIG changes, I'll have RH on my older machine..it's not used for personal things so it's not that important.

unSpawn 06-22-2004 12:20 PM

since redhat has reached end of life. you guys planned to migrate to other linux distro or wat?
Yes, ofcourse. Unsupported releases are a risk if no one does/you're not able/don't have the discipline to support them yourself. In the case of RHL there's also the Fedora Core Legacy initiative who set themselves the task of supporting some older releases. If you wanna stay close to RHL have a look at Fedora Core, elif you want something RHEL like, have a look at caosity.org's CentOS or Google for Tao Linux. Else there's lotsa other supported distro's to choose from. (fi)


as long as I don't have a need to do any BIG changes, I'll have RH on my older machine..
If your old RHL is (serving and) connected to a network then your own need isn't the only thing needs attention (meaning security). The older the release the more time you'll have to spend keeping it up to date and secure. Something I'd only think is a task for ppl with good sysadmin knowledge and more than enough time on their hands... The only legitimate situation I can imagine is a business one, like being forced to support some legacy application. Else I just hope it ain't laziness that keeps you from migrating.

b0uncer 06-22-2004 01:26 PM

unSpawn, no it isn't laziness..on my day-to-day-usage-pc I do lots of stuff, meaning updates and so on. it's just that on old machines doing updates means a lot of time, and in this particular case I don't see any big reason to update it every day...

if you are interested, the machine I mentioned does work in a network - a small one. most of the time there are only about three machines connected to it, and none of them is that vital..the machine I'm talking about is my "test"machine, that is, I run firewalling and other security stuff on it, testing and practising my skills. I think it's far more secure than my own day-to-day-pc, even though I run a "newer" distro on this one..but anyway, I don't feel I need to change the old RedHat just because it isn't updated anymore. if I need updates, I do them mostly myself..

you said it's dangerous keeping old distro..yes, I agree. I know this because I've studied the subject, security, but as I said I don't need the newest stuff around at the moment for a testing-machine..things may change in the future, but for now it is and remains that RH is there.

so, here's the thing: if you are concerned about security, update your distro...but if security isn't a question of life and death, then it's not that big deal having RedHat. many people have Windozes, even though they are far from secure no matter how you update them :)


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