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What is the latest version of Fedora that is most similar as Fedora 13?

asked 2013-06-13 15:35:24 -0500

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I am working on a class that requires the use of Fedora 13. My question is, what is the latest version that would install, and utilize the same features as 13? I will be creating a virtual machine with the Fedora 13 on my 64 bit windows 7 host.

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I don't think that there is one. There have been at least three major changes to Fedora since then and I doubt that there'd be an upgrade path that would work. And, considering that F 13 reached End Of Life about two years ago, there are bound to be security holes that will never be patched. What I'd like to know is why your instructor is insisting that you learn Linux using an obsolete version of the OS, along with similarly obsolete versions of much of the software.

sideburns gravatar imagesideburns ( 2013-06-13 19:03:28 -0500 )edit

Can we help your instructor update to Fedora 18 or 19?

mattdm gravatar imagemattdm ( 2013-06-14 08:42:30 -0500 )edit

Thanks, actually I installed Fedora 18 on my VM WS 9 and all went fantastic!!! Really, I am now going to build me a high end system just so I can make it a Fedora 18 machine!! BTW, I haven't played root admin yet, just the user GUI, and from my minimal research it seems as though the commands in the root terminal are the same as Fedora 13, or at least very similar?? Thanks again!!

fedora1greenback gravatar imagefedora1greenback ( 2013-06-14 11:00:10 -0500 )edit

Actually I will talk with him this week and see if I can encourage him to make contact with the Fedora team. However, I am sure they have been presented with the upgrade idea, but not by anyone who would sell him on the idea, like me.. Please let me know what you would like my initial correspondence to my Professor to include, such as an implementation proposal?

fedora1greenback gravatar imagefedora1greenback ( 2013-06-14 11:09:37 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-06-14 08:46:39 -0500

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Although Fedora has significantly moved on, there actually might be an answer for you. Red Hat Enterprise Linux is based on Fedora, and it happens that RHEL 6 is largely based on Fedora 12 and 13. Therefore, if you install RHEL 6 (or a "white box" respin like CentOS or Scientific Linux), it will be similar in many ways -- probably more similar than modern Fedora.

I sympathize with the difficulty of keeping curriculum moving as quickly as Fedora does. Depending on the subject matter of the class, it may actually be better if your instructor would rebase the design against a long-lived enterprise distro. (CentOS and Scientific Linux are very popular in the academic world.)

Alternately, there are quite a few people in Fedora who would be interested in helping get the class materials updated to the latest. Having classes based around our stuff is a win for everyone.

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answered 2013-06-13 23:00:19 -0500

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Like @sideburns clarified: NONE.

Most of the packages have changed drastically, since Fedora 13 is almost two years old!

Fedora 13 is END OF LIFE and no longer supported. It went EOL on 2011-06-24, which was 1 year, 50 weeks, 4 days, 13 hours, 59 minutes, and 41 seconds ago

Having said that, if your class is based on stuff like programming, or just Linux utilities, your commands should still work. There aren't drastic changes in these things, and things like the GCC support various programming standards.

I recommend you try Fedora 18 to start with. If you want a more detailed answer, please update your question with information on what tools you're specifically looking to use.

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FranciscoD, Yeah mostly I need to run BASH and interact with GNOME and KDE Dts. Any and all management functions through the command line interface e.g. format drives including RAID Configurations, monitor clients on a subnet, execute common and complex commands.

fedora1greenback gravatar imagefedora1greenback ( 2013-06-18 11:55:58 -0500 )edit

answered 2013-06-18 12:07:12 -0500

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I could not tinker any more with Fedora 13 so I installed 18 and I am pleasantly surprised so far.

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