Quoth James Hubbard: > On Wed, Aug 20, 2008 at 2:57 PM, seth vidal <skvidal fedoraproject org> wrote: > > A friend forwarded me this blog: > > http://www.gdt.id.au/~gdt/blog/linux/autodeath.1024px > > > > and I wondered if it would be something to consider for fedora releases. > > > > This would NOT be as a default, but as a package you can install, if you > > wish, to drop the route on your box after whatever expiration date. We > > can set the release date in a file in the package and key from there. > > > > > > If the package was included in a fedora repo we could have it have a > > death date of whenever the release started + 14months (some wiggle room > > for release slips) for example. > > > > Any thoughts? > > Sounds a lot like Windows Genuine Advantage where you can't use your > machine anymore if you can't validate your installation. Someone > (probably many someones) will install this by mistake and there will > be a lot of screaming that not even Microsoft will disable your OS if > it is running past the EOL/support period. > > It would probably be better that during the last batch of updates a > small program gets installed that will notify users when they login > that the system is no longer supported. This could be in a terminal, > a "balloon" in X, or a message on the X login screen. > > Whatever is implemented, should be given a lot of thought and it > should disable the system in any manner. It could alienate a lot of > users. I haven't upgraded my work machine from F7 to F9 yet because > I've not yet had time to test gcc 4.3 with some commercial libraries > that have only been compiled against gcc 4.1.x. I know lots of other > desktop/server users that are running system from FC2 - FC6. (Yes I > know about RHEL.) > > (As a side note: My wife hates the security balloons that pop up when > there's a security related update. She's always comparing it to > windows. ) > > My $0.02. > > -- > James Hubbard With a name like 'autodeath' do you really think many people will go out of their way to install it accidentally? Regards, -- Conrad Meyer <konrad tylerc org>
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