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 18:02 UTC in reply to "RE: As a Fedora 11 user"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

Fedora does have a short support cycle for older distributions (two releases + 1 month?). Thus you'll need to upgrade pretty soon. Unfortunately that's the status of Linux desktop right now. However if you're a little bit adventurous there is much to gain.

I call foul on that. The Fedora-style forced upgrade treadmill is certainly *not* the status of the Linux desktop today. It is the status of Fedora. Period.

Other distros typically provide for at least 18 months of support, as opposed to Fedora's 13 months. And a number of solid and respected Linux distros give you anywhere from 3 years to 7+ years of support.

I don't believe that any Linux distro provides for a shorter maximum life-cycle than does Fedora.

And as an administrator of Linux business desktops, I am actually finding less and less advantage in upgrading to the latest. The Linux desktop is already pretty much there for me and my users. The main problem today being third party issues like IE only web apps.

Edited 2009-11-17 18:05 UTC

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think he was probably thinking of Ubuntu and their 6 month upgrade for non LTS releases.

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RE[4]: As a Fedora 11 user
by sbergman27 on Tue 17th Nov 2009 18:33 in reply to "RE[3]: As a Fedora 11 user"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

I think he was probably thinking of Ubuntu and their 6 month upgrade for non LTS releases.

Ubuntu's support policy for non-LTS releases is, and has always been, 18 months.

3 years for the LTS desktop. And 5 years for the LTS server.

Edited 2009-11-17 18:37 UTC

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RE[3]: As a Fedora 11 user
by computeruser on Tue 17th Nov 2009 18:33 in reply to "RE[2]: As a Fedora 11 user"
computeruser Member since:
2009-07-21

How many distributions provide anything beyond security/major bugfixes for old releases, such as driver/kernel feature backports and new software versions when merited?

RHEL/CentOS and SLE definitely do, and Ubuntu LTS seems to as well. For example, RHEL 5 uses a (heavily patched) 2.6.18 kernel, yet has new & improved drivers, ext4, KVM, etc. RHEL 4 has a package for Firefox 3, even though it won't build using the included library versions in RHEL 4.

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RE[3]: As a Fedora 11 user
by bosco_bearbank on Tue 17th Nov 2009 18:34 in reply to "RE[2]: As a Fedora 11 user"
bosco_bearbank Member since:
2005-10-12

I've been using Fedora since the beginning (and Red Hat Linux before that), and I fully agree, Fedora seems to have the shortest maximum life-cycle of any major Linux distribution. To be fair, that is by design and well-documented. I like running the latest and greatest, so I upgraded to the latest Rawhide this morning. Nothing apparently broken yet, other than the nouveau driver (which is just broken on my hardware and has been since at least Fedora 11). I also have working copies of both Fedora 12 and Fedora 11 on my hard drive, just in case. Not the way I'd run an enterprise, but it works for me.

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RE[4]: As a Fedora 11 user
by Lennie on Tue 17th Nov 2009 19:07 in reply to "RE[3]: As a Fedora 11 user"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

Yes, that is what diskspace (and rysnc, tgz, whatever) is for. :-)

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RE[3]: As a Fedora 11 user
by sbenitezb on Wed 18th Nov 2009 03:08 in reply to "RE[2]: As a Fedora 11 user"
sbenitezb Member since:
2005-07-22

I wonder if it's possible to intercept with a proxy those IE only web apps and change the offending CSS and JS...

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