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why do Fedora versions have small lifetimes? [closed]

asked 2014-02-09 04:33:09 -0600

mohanprakash gravatar image

updated 2014-09-28 18:28:06 -0600

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Isn't it practical to continue with versions for at least two years? By the time one gets used to a particular version, it is EOL! Is it so necessary to change versions that fast?

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Closed for the following reason not a real question by FranciscoD_
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I think you're confused about this site; it is is a support venue, not a discussion forum. This question itself isn't out of place, but you're clearly trying to start a conversation and the Q&A format just doesn't work well for it. Try fedoraforums.org to chat.

randomuser gravatar imagerandomuser ( 2014-02-10 01:22:09 -0600 )edit
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I agree. Your questions are quite generic @mohanprakash. Ask Fedora is for troubleshooting purposes. The site isn't designed for discussion.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-02-10 07:54:00 -0600 )edit

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answered 2014-02-09 04:44:21 -0600

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I think you need to start answering the question by learning about Fedora. It was never meant to be a long term support operating system. Have a look at the following links. They should help explain what Fedora is, or at least provide some clarity.

https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Fedora_Project_Wiki

http://fedoraproject.org/en/about-fedora

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I visited your links. I am afraid I couldn't find why it has to a short term support OS. Is it a kind of testing platform for Red Hat?

mohanprakash gravatar imagemohanprakash ( 2014-02-09 04:58:58 -0600 )edit

If Fedora goal is to have the latest available software, then by definition it couldn't last long.

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2014-02-09 11:23:18 -0600 )edit

Does that mean, Fedora is not actually meant for non technical people, it is only meant for developers who are interested in development of software and the latest versions of the OS?

mohanprakash gravatar imagemohanprakash ( 2014-02-10 00:53:10 -0600 )edit

I'm not a developer, I'm a scientist, and I use Fedora in my everyday :)

skytux gravatar imageskytux ( 2014-02-10 07:34:22 -0600 )edit
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answered 2014-02-09 05:18:54 -0600

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updated 2014-02-09 05:32:03 -0600

Similar question and the most complete answer at my opinion.

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Fedora is focused on innovation and leading the progress of free and open source software. This doesn't sit well with the idea of maintaining the same release for a long period of time. For that I would recommend using Red Hat Enterprise Linux or a rebuild of it and I believe this is the project's position as well. RHEL is part of the Fedora family of distributions and is a Fedora derivative with a focus on long term. Of course, you would lose some of the newer changes when you pick that option but that is part of the trade-off you are making. You can't get the very latest software and still have it be maintained for a long time as well.

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CentOS in the community option to RED HAT

williamjmorenor gravatar imagewilliamjmorenor ( 2014-02-09 13:18:28 -0600 )edit

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