[linux-audio-user] FC2->Fc3->Fc4->Fc5->FC6->FC*: it's crazy!

Joseph M. Gaffney cucullin at wtfisthat.net
Tue Nov 14 21:14:37 EST 2006

On Tuesday 14 November 2006 20:40, Brad Fuller wrote:
> Joseph M. Gaffney wrote:
> > On Tuesday 14 November 2006 20:30, Brad Fuller wrote:
> >> every time there is a new Fedora Core, I usually get around to moving to
> >> the next version. However, for me, it's a bit of a pain to do because
> >> you really have to wipe the disc and start all over.. ."upgrading"
> >> Fedora doesn't really work well. At least for me it doesn't.
> >>
> >> Don't you find this a bit irritating? I do. It's not hard, it just seems
> >> unnecessary.
> >>
> >>  Are other distros better at upgrading but also provide all of the nice
> >> features that Fedora does? (there are a lot of audio apps available in
> >> rpm for Fedora. I just can't spend my time compiling each and every one
> >> when updates come along.)
> >>
> >> What do others do?
> >
> > Why not use CentOS or another such variation on FC?  FC is destined to
> > always be latest and greatest, so it comes with the territory.
> What's the difference? Couldn't I just keep FC5 and not go to FC6, for
> example. Or, does CentOS have an easy upgrade path? 

CentOS is simply RHEL (which is based on Fedora), and is supported for longer 
than FC, but by the CentOS developers and contributors.

> Is there any downside to using CentOS (except for the latest and
> greatest) for audio and video work?

Its mostly meant for stability, so its geared towards that.  However, they are 
out to maintain 100% binary compatibility.

> Do you use it? If so, why and 
> what's your experience?
> brad

Nope, I like KDE, so I tend to go with distros who focus on KDE as the core 
desktop.  While KDE can be installed on FC no problem (and I have), the guys 
over at RH are much more familiar with gtk development, so thats where their 
focus is at.  Can't complain, they do great work regardless :)

Anyways, another option, if you wanted to keep your FC5 or FC6 install once 
they are no longer supported, is to go with the Fedora Legacy project.  They 
maintain support for older versions of Fedora once it is no longer in RH's 
sight as a supported version (currently, FC4 is in the legacy project).

-Joseph M. Gaffney aka CuCullin

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