Fedora Linux Legacy support shuts down – no more updates

by on January 3, 2007 · 13 comments· LAST UPDATED January 3, 2007

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I am little worried as Fedora support is shutting down. My VPS runs on Fedora Core 4. It is time to get Debian or CentOS to run my site :D

Fedora Core is an RPM-based Linux distribution, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. It aims to be a complete, general-purpose operating system that contains only free and open source software.

From the Redhat mailing list:
In case any of you are not aware, the Fedora Legacy project is in the
process of shutting down.

The current model for supporting maintenance distributions is being re-examined. In the meantime, we are unable to extend support to older Fedora Core releases as we had planned. As of now, Fedora Core 4 and earlier distributions are no longer being maintained.

I think both Ubuntu and CentOS will get good market share. What do you think?

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1 mookie January 3, 2007 at 6:04 pm

CentOS is the best way to go — especially if you are used to the RPM/yum structure of Fedora. Fedora Core was never really meant for production server type installs. Ubuntu is good, but you will probably want to stick with the LTS (Long Term Support) version, 6.06. But, I still recommend CentOS because it is in essence Red Hat Enterprise Linux…

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2 nixCraft January 3, 2007 at 6:12 pm

Mookie,

Yes CentOS seems to be a natural choice. I am waiting for my hosting service providers email so that I can make final decision.

Appreciate your post.

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3 miker January 3, 2007 at 6:24 pm

I second centos.

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4 sebelk January 3, 2007 at 10:54 pm

Mandriva is the great choice

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5 Anjanesh January 4, 2007 at 12:18 pm

I dont get it. There are so many web-servers out there (mainly shared hosting) having FC. If FC is totally out, how can they reinstall so many tens of thousands of servers without totally affecting the websites ?

Is FC6 the last in line ?

..And I was just getting the hang of linux by starting to use FC5 ! This is one reason why Windows will always ‘sell’ !

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6 nixCraft January 4, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Anjanesh,

Hosting companies use FC4 especially for VPS. You can upgrade to latest FC6 product but you will not get any update and bug fix for old version.

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7 Anjanesh January 4, 2007 at 7:10 pm

Does this mean that there wont be a FC7 or FC8 etc in the future ?

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8 nixCraft January 4, 2007 at 7:20 pm

The Fedora Legacy project is a community-supported open-source project to provide security and critical bug fix errata package updates for versions of Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core no longer officially supported by Red Hat. Currently, it provides updates for Red Hat Linux 7.3 and 9, and Fedora Core 3 and 4.

It means you will not get updates for these old software running on old version as the Fedora Legacy project is shutting down its door.

Yes there will be FC7, FC8 and so on… but no support for old version (FC4,3 RH 7 etc). So if you are using FC5 upgrade to FC6. When FC7 comes, upgrade to FC7 from FC6 and so on…

Hope this clears doubt

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9 Anjanesh January 4, 2007 at 7:23 pm

Ah…thats good to know. For a second there I thought RedHat totally pulled the plug from Fedora.

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10 nixCraft January 4, 2007 at 7:30 pm

Anjanesh,

Heh.. I can understand confusion. Now all I need to do is update to FC6 or get CentOS/RHEL for VPS.

BTW, your `Outsourcing = Piracy ?’ is a good post. I’ve added your RSS feed to my blog readings :)

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11 Steve January 5, 2007 at 5:10 am

Anjanesh – you must me a newcomer to the IT world. WMicrosoft has been doing this for a loooong time.

Gentoo seems to be a pretty solid server platform, from what I can tell. I’d vote for FreeBSD if it wasn’t for the fact that a lot of software in ports seems kind of dated.

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12 DutchFish January 6, 2007 at 2:05 am

In my humble opinion, if you want a secure, stable and long time supported open source distro, you will come to the conclusion that only Debian is the way to go. While Fedora is a (or was) nice testbed on the desktop, nothing can beat the quality of code serverside as Debian does.

Cheers.

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13 Anjanesh January 6, 2007 at 2:40 am

Maybe true DutchFish, since most linux geeks are talking about Debian. But almost most of the hosting companies seem to have installed FC for shared hosting. And the ones that are a bit more expensive seem to use RHEL. Hence the worry.

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