# [ILUG] FC6 for a new pc?

Gary Pigott gary at garypigott.net
Wed Oct 25 11:17:29 IST 2006

Gavin McCullagh wrote:
> Hi,
>
> On Wed, 25 Oct 2006, John A. Kinsella wrote:
>
>
>> I know that FC should be upgraded regularly - I have got away with not
>> doing so.
>>
>> Am I more likely to run into problems with FC6 if I dont upgrade to FCn
>> (as n \rightarraow \infty)?
>>
>
> How long does FC continue to distribute security patches?  Suppose you run
> say cups or ssh and a vulnerability is discovered after they stop patching
> FC6.  You'll either stay vulnerable or have to roll your own patch.
>
> Other bugfix updates are probably less important if you're happy where you
> are but you really need the security fixes.
>
>
>> Is there a wiser choice for lazy people like me? Ubuntu???
>>
>
> RedHat Enterprise and CentOS are supposed to have very long support cycles,
> right?  If you're familiar with FC that might be a convenient choice.
>
> Ubuntu Dapper is "LTS" meaning they give long term support -- 5 years from
> last June.  The new release "Edgy" will not be though so if you don't want
> upgrades you could install Dapper and stick with it for a long time.  You
> can decided to take security updates and/or bugfix "updates", but you
> really should take the former.  There shouldn't be any necessary upgrades
> until June 2011.
>
> Gavin
>
If you went down the Debian based route you have two update choices....
there are the conventional point in time snapshot releases with security
updates only, just like any other distro, or the choice of always
staying on the stable, testing or unstable branches. I run vanilla
Debian on my servers and stay on the testing branch. While Potato was
the "stable release" I was on what would eventually become Sarge. When
Sarge as released, the boxes were seamlessly transitioned to Etch. You
can do exactly the same on Ubuntu, and it is very lazy, but very easy to
ensure you're always running something current.

Gary

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