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# [ILUG] FC6 for a new pc?

Gavin McCullagh gmccullagh at gmail.com
Wed Oct 25 11:07:15 IST 2006

Hi,

On Wed, 25 Oct 2006, John A. Kinsella wrote:

> I know that FC should be upgraded regularly - I have got away with not
> doing so.
>
> Am I more likely to run into problems with FC6 if I dont upgrade to FCn
> (as n \rightarraow \infty)?

How long does FC continue to distribute security patches?  Suppose you run
say cups or ssh and a vulnerability is discovered after they stop patching
FC6.  You'll either stay vulnerable or have to roll your own patch.

Other bugfix updates are probably less important if you're happy where you
are but you really need the security fixes.

> Is there a wiser choice for lazy people like me? Ubuntu???

RedHat Enterprise and CentOS are supposed to have very long support cycles,
right?  If you're familiar with FC that might be a convenient choice.

Ubuntu Dapper is "LTS" meaning they give long term support -- 5 years from
last June.  The new release "Edgy" will not be though so if you don't want
upgrades you could install Dapper and stick with it for a long time.  You
really should take the former.  There shouldn't be any necessary upgrades
until June 2011.

Gavin