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Grover: Fedora for short-lifespan server instances

Grover: Fedora for short-lifespan server instances

Posted Jun 6, 2013 20:17 UTC (Thu) by dag- (subscriber, #30207)
In reply to: Grover: Fedora for short-lifespan server instances by dlang
Parent article: Grover: Fedora for short-lifespan server instances

It is a weird idea that it's better to renew your OS every 2 years just because people and knowledge may not be around after 4 years or more. The cost of renewing 4000 Linux systems every 2 years is just enormous. We're not talking about 4000 identical Linux systems, but about 700 different business projects with specific needs and possibly custom software.

In large enterprises a renewal cycle used to be 4 years, which is the lease-time or support time of hardware, with virtualization becoming more the standard rather than the exception, renewal cycles of 8 to 10 years become a possibility.

That is a good thing. If you are concerned about knowledge and people leaving the company, start to document and evaluate documentation. Make this part of the process, rather than an afterthought.


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