Fedora 10 Is - Supported - No More

Fedora 10 Is No More

All good things must come to an end, they say, and that is true of software as much as anything else. As new releases supplant the old, legacy versions receive a stay of execution to allow users the time to test and upgrade gracefully. When their time has come, however, they land in the coder's graveyard, which is exactly where the aging Fedora 10 found itself last week.

Fedora's legacy support policy is to support any given version until two new versions have been released, plus one month — the time-frame generally runs to thirteen months. Shortly thereafter, the old release is sent on its way: security and bug-fix patches are discontinued, and users are strongly urged to upgrade immediately. With the release of Fedora 12 in mid-November, the one-month countdown began for Fedora 10, and it received its final updates last week.

The official announcement of the release's retirement came on Friday, in the form of an email from Fedora Project Leader Paul Frields to the fedora-announce mailing list:

This announcement is a reminder that as of 2009-12-17, Fedora 10 has
reached its end of life for updates. As planned, last update pushes
to Fedora 10 were made in advance of this date, to accommodate the
move of some Fedora infrastructure.

Frields went on to note that the new legacy version, Fedora 11, will be supported until after Fedora 13 has been released.

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Miles Bradford's picture

and a second note - I will do as I say about Linux and the Linux Lies. The Australian government didn't put Mandriva in their schools did they. Mandriva's urpmi can't even write to the Master Boot Record on half occasions of install therefore wasting thousands of hours in installations if the install persons don't know how to either load to the root partition or doesn't know how to debug the drive or use another Linux distro or DOS to prep the MBR. Mandriva even ignores the problem and cares not to fix it - even after being told of it. And if you do get Mandriva loaded - it's a dog and terrible with permissions on files and folders as well as users. Once the Australian government addressed these very items - Mandriva was tossed and Windows 7 took its rightful place. Why? Because when Linux developers became the deceptors that Microsoft has always been - it's time to correct the situation right away. Microsoft passed the tests. Linux did not. Simple and final. If you can't create a permissions system to function even as well as Microsoft's Active Directory - admit to it and get on with life until you can. Don't give presentation in front of unsuspecting Administrators of government offices and take advantage of using the people's moneys to make a profit and rave about something you cheated with. That's wrong and that is not what Linux is all about.

Miles Bradford

Stable releases

cwsnyder's picture

If you wish to keep from having to rebuild your workstation as often, you can always use one of the commercial releases (RHEL, Novell's SLED/SLES releases), Slackware, Debian, or one of the BSD series. Of course, the stable releases don't upgrade their support for new releases of applications, either.

What about Arch Linux?

John Rockefeller's picture

I've read that Arch Linux has a continuous release cycle, meaning there are no 'versions' per se. Just one, constantly updating, installation.

Why I gave up on Fedora

cmnorton's picture

This is precisely why I gave up Fedora and went to Ubuntu. I usually install the desktop version, and then add the server components. The support has been excellent, and the distro has been better than the required (by one vendor) RH EL, which does not seem to have as good Perl support.

I liked Fedora, but I'm not fond of rebuilding workstations at all, especially often.