Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 17th Nov 2009 16:22 UTC, submitted by diegocg
Fedora Core Fedora 12 has been released today. "I'm proud to announce the release of Fedora 12, the latest innovative Linux distribution from the Fedora Project, a global, collaborative partnership of free software community members sponsored by Red Hat."
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RE[2]: As a Fedora 11 user
by sbergman27 on Tue 17th Nov 2009 19:27 UTC in reply to "RE: As a Fedora 11 user"
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How well are Fedora/non-LTS Ubuntu releases supported in the period between the new version being released and the end of support? Do they get anything besides security/major bug fixes? Do they get kernel upgrades / backports? How well do upgrades work when skipping between versions?

Firstly, as someone who has administered business desktops using both Fedora and non-LTS Ubuntu, I would not lump them into the same category. Both do get security and bug fixes. Fedora takes a rather cavalier attitude regarding kernel upgrades. Over the (short) lifetime of a Fedora release, one might see 3 major kernel upgrades. For example, Fedora 8 was released with 2.6.23. 2.6.24, 2.6.25, and 2.6.26 crashed our XDMCP server about once a week, bringing down about 70 users. (Yes, I gave each version a try. All Fedora kernels killed it right up to the point at which we switched to another distro.)

Ubuntu (non-LTS) takes a more conservative approach. If the distro releases with, say, 2.6.31, then 2.6.31 is what it will be for the 18 months that the version is supported. As an admin I find this to be a blessing. I'm uncertain whether drivers are added over the life of the kernel. I suspect they are. But I don't care that much about that in this use case.

The Fedora update pipeline is a firehose. Ubuntu's updates are much more controlled. I get the impression that you might feel that continued, aggressive updates are always a good thing. The admin in me shudders at that thought. But it also shudders a bit at the idea of being stuck with old tools for extended periods, which is why I use CentOS judiciously, and not for everything.

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