Paul wrote: > > Not everyone is such a whiz that they can just go and do an in-place upgrade > of any given Linux distribution. Windoze is bad enough with things breaking > on an upgrade, Fedora can be a nightmare, and that is on a stock distro > without manually updated or installed packages. This is why I personally > find the Fedora policy of tossing out a new distro every so often and > scrapping the one to or three places back so abhorrent. Have you seen the > uproar M$ has gone through over retiring XP? Responsible would be keeping > one version and keeping it patched as long as possible, not throwing out the > baby, bathwater and tub every six months. There is no actual need to do > this, it is just a choice made by the Fedora maintainers, to do it this way > rather than make the individual updates to each package, kernel included, as > they are brought out by the developers, and tested for use in the distro. > > - Paul > Paul, If this type of upgrade is such a problem for you, then maybe Fedora is not the correct distribution for you to be running. There are many distributions that are not nearly as fast paced. You have many choices. I believe that most of us here are happy with the release policy of Fedora. There are more then a few people here that run more then one distribution. They run something like RedHat or CentOS for systems that need long term stability. They run Fedora to see one direction things may take in the future. As far as updating individual packages, there is a problem with that. Too many packages depend on each other - you may need to rebuild many packages in order to up update one package. Then you need to test the changed package. It is not nearly as easy as you make it sound. Just ask the people that maintained the Fedora Legacy project... When it comes to MS and the problems with retiring XP, the cases are not comparable. You can run a different distribution of Linux instead of Fedora and do the equivalent of staying with XP. Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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