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Old 08-03-2014, 11:48 AM   #1
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Question Strategies for managing very frequent Fedora package updates?


I've been testing a Fedora 20 virtual machine and it has been working pretty well for me and I especially like how the latest drivers/kernels will help improve hardware compatibility and performance, but I can think of two questions. One is about finding a good, ideally ultrabook computer on which to install it, but I'll save that question for another post.

What I want to ask now is how people are handling the large amounts of very frequent package updates that comes as part of using Fedora? Even though they seem fine in my tests, do these frequent updates sometimes break things for you? What's the long term stability like for using Fedora?

What are some "strategies" for dealing with this? Do some folks run "yum update" only once a month? Should I backup my system everytime before an update session? (sounds like a big task) etc. etc.

I'd just love to know how these frequent updates play a role in daily use for the people who use Fedora as their main system, and what they think before I commit to using it as my main system.

Thank you!
Old 08-03-2014, 02:33 PM   #2
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I tend to install Fedora, do an obligatory update to shake off any early bugs, and then I don't update ever again. Well, that's not true; I perform security updates, but aside from that, I leave well enough alone.

Unfortunately, Fedora does not have a very long shelf life. Its old releases stop getting updates in about a year's time. For me, this is its greatest drawback. I have tried using RHEL instead, but RHEL makes it very difficult to get some of the fringe software packages I need, since it will not easily install RPM's from rpmfusion's Fedora repository (and rpmfusion's centos/rhel repo does not offer the variety of packages that its Fedora repository does).

Luckily there is a Special Interest Group with aims toward a long term release cycle for Fedora; hopefully something comes of that!

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Old 08-03-2014, 03:25 PM   #3
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there are no "strategies"
fedora is a rapid development distro

and will update programs everyday

leave apper to check on boot and install updates everyday

just remember that fedora is a R and D fast development distro
and updates can and will sometimes fubar a install or a program you might be using
so make daily backups
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:38 PM   #4
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I use Fedora and regularly update (every week or two). I don't recall anything serious getting broken from an update in my recent memory.
Old 08-23-2014, 02:56 AM   #5
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Fedora is a bull that is always charging forward. You get on, hang on and ride it. I do updates every day.

If you find a bug and go to the bugzilla site and search and report them correctly, you will see how hard it is to find a new bug. I find lots of duplicates but very few new bugs.

But updates break shit for me all the time. You wait for a fix, find a work around, roll back, get the source and rebuild, or .... Make it work. Have fun!!! I get burned out on fedora sometimes and go try other distros. Some I even know I won't particularly like but wth its all Linux after all.

If you want a more stable less update distro try CentOS. Arch is another good one.
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I update manually when I feel the need - one a week or so. Haven't had a breakage since I stopped using the nvidia kmod. And even that always got fixed in a day or two.
The frequent new releases can be a PITA.
Originally Posted by stoggy View Post
If you want a more stable less update distro try CentOS. Arch is another good one.
Say what ?. Arch ?. That will likely break more often (than Fedora) unless you stay on top of the news.


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