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Old 05-19-2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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Should I upgrade from ferdora 5 and 6, should I upgrade to 9?

I have two servers 1 is running fedora 5 which is a database server and the one running 6 is a email server should I upgrade to fedora 9? If so, what effects will it have on the data I already have stored?
Old 05-19-2008, 08:10 PM   #2
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Personally I usually prefer to stay 1 ver behind the bleeding edge, so I'd go for v8.
You should upgrade if those are serious/prod systems, as no more updates are avail...
If you fancy v9, I'd still recommend giving it a few mths to settle down.
Just mho...
Old 05-19-2008, 09:35 PM   #3
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I wouldn't run Fedora 9 on a server. I haven't even been able to successfully get it up and running. With the exception of a Live CD under Virtualbox.

I'd go with CentOS.

Old 05-19-2008, 10:41 PM   #4
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Centos 5 is RHEL5(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) with the logos removed. It is free to download and update. RHEL 5 was based on FC6, so it will "feel" very familiar. Fedora now only supports each version for about a year, Centos for five years. For a server upgrading every year is a pointless PITA.
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I recommend CentOS for production server.

For clients, some here like to go even or odd version between upgrades. In other words, they only upgrade with Fedora 4,6,8 or 5,7,9.

I'm personally adopting even upgrades, as my machines are fine, and I don't feel the need to upgrade every time a new version comes out. In my opinion, this is good for me, as F9 has new major versions of the X server, KDE and Gnome. They'll be working bugs out of them for a while. So when they put out F10, it'll all be good.
Old 05-20-2008, 08:32 AM   #6
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Hi Blackmon

Do remember that with every distro upgrade there is an impovement of some sort. from what I now you cannot upgrade from F5 to F9, so in your case it will have a fresh install of Fedora 9. The major difference should be in the configuration file in the /etc folder.

Do u have backup servers for both your machine and are they identical to your current servers? Then you can install F9 test on your backup servers

When you first build the current servers did you document every step or everything, that will help in building the new server running F9

what I suggest is find out more on the database and email server, with people who are using F9, how do they have configured.

at the end of the day you have to be brave and upgrade your server's and it all goes down to what is your preference and what distro do you like, I prefer Debian coz for me its very stable and unlike any other ditro it does not change that often, thats what I am using and its all about getting the results you want

every one has his reason for using a distribution, so do not be discouraged by anyone.

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