Fedora and long term support -- copy the Ubuntu solution
Posted Oct 18, 2008 3:37 UTC (Sat) by qg6te2
In reply to: Fedora and long term support
Parent article: Fedora and long term support
Perhaps the solution is simply to take Ubuntu's idea of LTS and apply it to the Fedora/Red Hat divide -- e.g. Fedora 10 (or 11) would become RHEL 6. The official paid RHEL support would be for a selected set of packages. All other packages would be unofficially (or community) supported. The attitude of "Fedora is upstream for RHEL" should be removed -- anybody worth their salt reads this as "Fedora is a beta / proving ground for RHEL" anyway.
Sidenote: I recently had to install a Linux based OS on a new machine (projected lifetime: 5 years). As much as I like Fedora (used it since F1), it's simply too unstable and breaks too many things between releases. RHEL 5 / CentOS 5 are too ancient to consider seriously (the requirements for the machine were a recent gcc, python, etc). Ubuntu fits this niche perfectly, as the upgrade path is clear and a lot less error-prone. Having said that, Ubuntu's/Canonical's contribution to the community is a considerably less than Fedora/Red Hat. Rather disappointingly I had to put Ubuntu on the machine.
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