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The Register: Red Hat Intros 12 Month Only Support on 'Consumer' OSes

Jan 28, 2003, 03:00 (18 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Lettice)

"Linux release cycles are of course pretty fast, and Linux is either free or cheap, depending on whether or not you feel the need to add to your manual pile. However, if Linux is being used in a commercial environment then IT managers are not going to be particularly enthusiastic about even the possibility of having to upgrade to a new version every 12 months. Red Hat's current death list EOLs RH 7.1-8.0 at the end of this year, while 6.2 and 7.0 get theirs as of the end of March.

"The Register can supply a real life example of how and why this could be a problem. Until a couple of weeks ago our site was running on Red Hat 6.2, installed around 15 months ago because, even though 7.x was then current, 6.2 was the maximum the techies at the host company were geared up to support. No doubt they moved up to 7.x at some point during the intervening period, but we stuck with what was working until we had reason to set up new hardware, and would have stuck longer if we hadn't had that reason. (We switched to Debian, since you ask. And because the techies are in love with it, since you ask that too...)"

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