Legacy Group Ends Support for Early Red Hat, Fedora Versions

By Steven Vaughan-Nichols  |  Posted 2006-07-25 Print this article Print

The Fedora Legacy Group finally ends support for Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core 2, as well as the earlier versions of both popular Linux lines.

The Fedora Legacy group is ending its support for Red Hat 7.3 and 9, and Fedora Core 1 and 2. Older-model Fedora support will end with the release of Fedora Core 6 Test 2. Test 1 was released in late June. Test 2, described as a feature-complete and development-freeze release, had been scheduled for July 19, but its running late.
While exact numbers are hard to come by, there are still companies that use Red Hat 9 and Fedora Core 2 in their day-to-day operations. However, the numbers are no longer large enough for the Fedora Legacy group to justify expending resources to keep them going.
Red Hat ceased supporting Red Hat 9, along with the rest of the early Red Hat Linux distributions, in 2004. It was then that Red Hat was switching from its model of selling Red Hat Linux to users and businesses to its current successful RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) subscription model for businesses. While some companies, most notably Progeny, then began offering support for older versions of Red Hat, the company ended that program in December 2005. Red Hat support, however, hasnt come to the end of the road quite yet. Read the full story on Linux-Watch: Legacy Group Ends Support for Early Red Hat, Fedora Versions Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols is editor at large for Ziff Davis Enterprise. Prior to becoming a technology journalist, Vaughan-Nichols worked at NASA and the Department of Defense on numerous major technological projects. Since then, he's focused on covering the technology and business issues that make a real difference to the people in the industry.

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