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Alan Cox wrote:
On Sat, 7 Feb 2009 21:13:21 -0500
Mike Chalmers <mikechalmers70 gmail com> wrote:

I do not understand how Fedora expects you to upgrade or reinstall
every 6 months or so.

This is just not right.

Should a distro keep continuing to make you install every six months,
if so, I would rather use Microsoft.

Feel free. I believe Microsoft solved the problem by labelling the
equivalent degree of updating as "service pack" instead of release.

However if you want to run the latest stuff it tends to require other
latest stuff which in turn ends up updating everything a step.

If you want an utterly boring older technology long life setup then you
want something like Centos, which backports key fixes over the years
rather than adding the latest and greatest.

Given you only need to update every year (two releases) and its a case of
shoving a CD in or running the live updater/rebooting it's not a big
deal. I've got boxes I managed that started as Red Hat 6 or 7 that are
now Fedora 9 or 10 entirely by upgrading. Thats a bit like going Windows
98 to Windows Vista without a reinstall and it works just fine...

The average user would have no more ability to address the administration issues than to breathe water. You are an uber-admin, and I admit that just a good experienced admin can make upgrades work, but you wind up with suboptimal file layout, in some cases inappropriate file system types, etc.

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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