Fedora and long term support
Posted Oct 17, 2008 21:41 UTC (Fri) by Tet
Parent article: Fedora and long term support
Jon Stanley says: Fedora's stated goal is to advance the state of free software.
Maybe it is now, but it wasn't always that way. When the project started
out, the primary goal was to produce a community supported general
purpose OS (see
the original Fedora web site for details. Yes,
being on the leading edge of the open source world was mentioned, but
the main goal was to produce something usable as a general purpose OS.
Those goals have sadly long since been removed from the site, as the focus
As for a Fedora LTS, I think the problem might lie elsewhere. RHEL/CentOS
is a much more appropriate distribution for that, and I'd love to run one
of them on my servers, but quite frankly, they're obsolete. I don't
need the bleeding edge that is Fedora, but I do need something a bit more
up to date than RHEL. Take python, for example. RHEL is still using 2.4,
which is positively archaic. 2.5 was released over two years ago, and 2.6
is available now. I don't know if there is a published timeline for RHEL
releases, but I've seen speculation on the net that RHEL6 could be as
far away as Q2 2010. So potentially, I'll need to wait up to 4 years
between python 2.5 features becoming available and me being able to use
them in apps I want to deploy on RHEL. That's simply not good enough.
The gulf between Fedora and RHEL is simply too large, and there needs
to be something to fill it. Either Fedora needs LTS, or RHEL needs more
frequent releases. Yes, I know just how much extra maintenance overhead
that would involve for Red Hat, but I suspect it's probably a better
solution to them problem than Fedora LTS. But either way, something
needs to happen, because at the moment, the gap between the two appears to
be being filled by Ubuntu...
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