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how to update software in an end-of-life Fedora?

asked 2018-07-08 06:12:35 -0500

Hello all!

I have an old HP laptop (32 bit CPU arch, 2GB ram, about 20 GB hard disk partition for Linux distro) in which I installed Fedora 15. After installation I established the wifi connection and tried to "sudo yum update" the system as per good practice. Unfortunately the OS says it cannot do so, repo's not available. I know Fed15 has long been retired but my hardware won't support Fed28, it just freezes at first login, forcing me to reboot the PC, this time into Win 7 to ask questions as I'm doing right now.

What can be done about it? Can I update the repo files and tell them to fetch newer/stable versions of SW? Maybe some files can be retouched under /etc/yum.repos.d/? If so, how?

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Hopefully, this cannot be done any more, as most keys used to sign old releases should have been revoked or expired by now.

Even if you'd manage to update the system using fedup, you probably would need to update one version at a time, skipping at most 1 release. There were many issues on those system updates anyway so it probably will break at some point. Reinstalling Fedora should be way easier.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-07-08 17:19:45 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-07-08 06:50:03 -0500

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You answered it yourself, it's EOL, no more updates. Please post your hardware specs, probably the freeze is related to the graphical subsystem, there are workarounds. I'm pretty confident that F28 plus a lightweight DE (XFCE, LXDE, ...) can run on your hardware.

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Or just try a live image. If it works, your installation will probably work too.

genodeftest gravatar imagegenodeftest ( 2018-07-08 17:20:11 -0500 )edit

CentOS 7 will be supported until 2024 and is slightly more current than Fedora 15. According to Wikipedia:

Red Hat Linux 6.2/7 → Red Hat Linux Enterprise Edition 6.2E
Red Hat Linux 7.2 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 2.1
Red Hat Linux 10 beta 1 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3
Fedora Core 3 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4
Fedora Core 6 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5
**Fedora 12, 13 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
Fedora 19, 20 → Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7**
suspiciousmilk gravatar imagesuspiciousmilk ( 2018-07-08 19:28:29 -0500 )edit

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