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Old 10-25-2011, 10:46 PM   #1
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getting utilities and updates for a fedora 6 system

We have a server running Fedora 6, and the update tools and facilities do not work.
When we run the "Add/Remove Software" utility, it goes to "Retrieving Software Information" and then reports "Unable to retrieve software information." Under details it says "None." Clicking this dialog away closes the whole program so there's no opportunity to look at settings or change anything if that's what is needed to get around the problem.

How can we get new tools and utilities for the system, or if this is no longer possible, how can it be safely updated to a newer version for which updates are still available? We're looking to minimize down-time here, just need one or two packages that didn't get installed by default.
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Fedora 6 is not supported for a long time now, you will not get any updates for that. The current release is Fedora 15 and I doubt that there is an upgrade path from 6 to 15. If you want a longer supported distro go for CentOS, it is a free version of RHEL. I wouldn't recommend to run Fedora on a server, because of its short development cycles and because it is a development version at all. But some members here will disagree with that.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:45 AM   #3
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Thanks. Is there a way to *safely* replace the Fedora 6 with Centos? The server is in service collecting data from a network of remote devices, and providing a website to the public.
Old 10-26-2011, 11:24 AM   #4
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Is there a way to *safely* replace the Fedora
It's not recommended to upgrade CentOS at all, and definitely not from another distro. The safest solution I could think of is to make a backup of all of the important files, probably the whole /home partition. Then do a clean install of CentOS, and have it preserve the /home partition while installing. If it works right you won't have needed the backup, but it's better to have it to be sure. Some reconfiguring will almost certainly be necessary because of the big gap between the realease of these distros.


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