Fedora upgrades and LTS
jonas.karlsson at fxdev.com
Mon Oct 20 11:18:42 UTC 2008
What I never seen in the Fedora updates (within a release) are major
release upgrades of packages. Example: Openoffice.org is releasing v3,
but that will never make it into the updates of F9, (might be wrong
here!) to get upgrades like this, one has to manually install it or
switch to F10. This is the same for many packages and follows the Fedora
almost bleeding edge frontline philosophy. I like beeing near the front,
using new software, but I'm starting to get tired of upgrading every
6month to a new release. This is because it's never flawless and ultra
smoth to upgrade (not yet anyway) always some packages thats been
obsolete or replaced, some functionallity thats totally different and
needs a bit of working to upgrade. I've done it over the years, but a
clean install often feels .. cleaner!.. and frankly it's to tiresome to
do a clean install so you go with the upgrade (command line) ... solve
the problems that occur and then continue to work.. This is still not
anything for your grandma to attempt (and that is what it should be in
the end) easy and clean! (a notification that appears, F10 is now out!
upgrade system?) So this is something that an LTS version absolutely
must have, new versions of software within a release and a smoth upgrade
path. And smoth upgrades on a system that has additional software
installed, not only a basic system setup.
Even if this isn't any news, upgrading a system has never been a ride in
the park.. not with any os / platform other than maybe a basic install
without additional components.
Why even have releases... F8, F9 F10 etc.. I guess freezes are good for
making new install media. But shouldn't updates/upgrades be sufficient.
And sometimes on the time line functionallity changes will be part of
that updates/upgrades, called mailestones. Wouldn't this be the ultimate
LTS distro? (It would almost be as an neverending stable version of
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