About fedoras evolution?

Patrick Bartek bartek047 at yahoo.com
Wed Jun 16 21:28:35 UTC 2010

--- On Wed, 6/16/10, Mats <unix at comhem.se> wrote:

> I have tried to find information about fedoras evolution
> but haven't
> find an answer to the following question:
> How long will fedora 12 be supported with security
> updates?

Approximately 13 months from initial release.  This goes for all Fedora releases.  This link gives a nice overview:


> I'm coming from ubuntu and used to the idea with
> LTS-versions (long time
> support) but I like some of the security philospohy in
> fedora more.

I doubt if you'll see a Fedora LTS release from the Fedora.  That's what RHEL, CentOS and Scientific Linux are.

> Will fedora 12 be a more mature and stable version in the
> long run to
> use? More tested and so on? I know that I have to do some
> of this
> judgement by my own.

Fedora is the testing distro for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), which is mature and stable, and has long time support--5 to 7 years typically.  The current version of RHEL, 5.5 IIRC, is based on Fedora Core 6.

RHEL 6 is due for release around October, if all goes well.  If not, who knows when?  There's a 6 Beta release available for download and testing. 


It should be based on F12 or 13 code.

You should look at CentOS and Scientific Linux, too.  They are rebuilds based on the open source RHEL code, and would make a good "free" choice.  Both have the same longevity and fixes as RHEL.  New versions are typically released about a month after Red Hat's.

I'm waiting for the 6 releases to evaluate for my primary desktop OS.  I've been using Fedora since Core 3, and I'm tiring of the 6 month release cycle and the initial problems after install even though in the last three years or so I've taken to upgrading every third release--6 to 9 to 12--which is less of a headache.


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