On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 12:20:32AM -0800 or so it is rumoured hereabouts,
Rick Moen thought:
> Quoting Conor Daly (conor.daly_ilug at cod.homelinux.org):
>> > How definately? My understanding is that RHEL versions have a 7-year
> > support/life cycle and that RHEL 3 is only 2 or 3 years into that at
> > this point. Is there something I should know???
>> Hmm. RHEL3 was released 2003-10-22. My notes say that they've been
> promising a 5-year support life, which would take them to 2008.
Ah, here we are. https://www.redhat.com/rhel/ says:
"The Red Hat Enterprise Linux product lifecycle provides seven years of
support for every release. New versions are introduced on a predictable
> You'll definitely get security-fix RPMs from RHN, which might be good
> enough and timely enough to keep Internet-facing systems safe. (That'll
> strain their maintenance resources a bit, since they'll be supporting
> _three_ enterprise releases simultaneously, at that point.)
Yep. Currently on rhn there are channels for 2.1, 3, 4 and 5 beta.
> What you'll probably not be getting much longer, I think, are update
> releases -- which would mostly be a problem to those seeking to install
> onto newer hardware. Update 6 might just have been the last. My
> impression may be wrong, of course.
Currently there are updates 6 for 2.1 and updates 8 for 3.
I know that they will not up a package's version for a particular release.
The only way to have php5 is to install RHEL 5. RHEL 4 has and will only
ever have php-4.3.9.xx while RHEL 3 will only ever have php-4.3.2.xx and
RHEL 2.1 has php-4.1.2.xx
My understanding of their system is that a particular hardware
configuration will be supported for up to 7 years without having to do a
software upgrade. There's presumably no benefit to trying to install an
older version on newer hardware since you're entitled to the latest
version in any case.
Conor Daly <conor.daly at cod.homelinux.org>
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