Quoting Conor Daly (conor.daly_ilug at cod.homelinux.org):
> 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
> 18-month schedule."
Thanks for finding that. My notes are duly updated.
> Currently there are updates 6 for 2.1 and updates 8 for 3.
I _meant_ to write Update 8, for RHEL3; that was a typo. I _have_ been
tracking this situation, on and off.
> 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.
I hope you're never in the situation where a key piece of hardware dies
and all available replacements lack drivers in your legacy standard-OS
platform. It's a bit of a problem, when it happens.
Even worse is when an entire machine fails, of course, and you have
problems with the replacement motherboard. One area that's likely to
bit RHEL3 soonest is ACPI, where its support is pretty much vestigial.
I'm seeing newer boxes that really don't function without decent ACPI at
all, such as the ThinkPad T60 and Sun X4600.
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