Handling of security erratas in Fedora

Jim Laverty jim at wangtrading.com
Mon Nov 3 21:43:38 UTC 2003


That is a very valid question, hopefully Red Hat will officially respond to
it when the full game plan is laid out in more detail.  

I would believe that Red Hat will use a spin-off of Fedora to create the
next generation Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 4, in the way that Red Hat
Enterprise Linux 3 is a enhanced spin-off of Red Hat 9.  IMHO Fedora will be
the test bed for the next Enterprise release, while they try to create cash
flow with the Enterprise product.  If Fedora gets a reputation as an
insecure or unstable distro, it will be very difficult for Red Hat to market
a spin-off of this product (e.g. RHEL 4) to enterprise customers and thus
jeopardize their future maintenance revenue pipeline.

With that being said, one would 'assume' that it is in Red Hat's best
interest to help keep the Fedora project well patched for both stability and
security.  Red Hat would have a very well tested next generation product to
build from and the current Red Hat Linux users would not feel abandoned.  I
would also hope that the community at large would continue to contribute to
the success of this project.

It will be interesting to see how Fedora is actually embraced by the larger
application vendors/developers (e.g. Oracle, IBM, Trolltech, Ximian,
OpenOffice, etc), if Fedora Core 2 is released using the 2.6 kernel.  

-----Original Message-----
From: fedora-list-admin at redhat.com [mailto:fedora-list-admin at redhat.com] On
Behalf Of Peter Toft
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2003 4:03 PM
To: fedora-list at redhat.com
Subject: Handling of security erratas in Fedora


Hi Guyz

I have been using RH for many years, written books about it - 
been there, seen it all :)

What will happen with this new organizational split between Fedora and Red
Hat regarding security updates?

Can the user of a Fedora system expect the same (good) 
access to security updates to RPMs as we have seen with
the "old" Red Hat organization?

Who will in reality handle this now?

-- 
Peter Toft, Ph.D. [pto at linuxbog.dk] http://pto.linux.dk

  First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, 
  then they fight you, then you win. 
  -- Mahatma Ghandi


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