Lack of “Official” Support for RH 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, or 9 Got Ya Down…?

If you’re like me, the official end-of-life dates for operating systems never come at convenient times. I’ve either just recently got everything “just so”, or don’t have the time or resources to make an intelligently planned switch to something that is supported. Ah, but for those stuck in that boat with old, now, officially unsupported versions of Red Hat Linux, relief is just a few clicks away.

Red Hat made an official announcement that support for Red Hat Linux 9 ended as of April 30, 2004 (support for earlier versions ceased on January 1, 2004). After reading their suggested options, I decided to do a little research on alternatives (I had just arrived at one of those “just so” moments with a server I use for Web hosting at WETCatz, which placed me in a contrary mood upon hearing the news in March). Lucky me, I found an article referencing a community project that I had not yet heard of…The Fedora Legacy Project.

The Fedora Legacy Project’s stated goals is, “to work with the Linux community to provide security and critical bug fix errata packages for select End of Life Red Hat Linux and Fedora Core distributions. This will allow for a longer effective life for those releases”. This includes support for Red Hat Linux versions 7.2, 7.3, 8.0, and 9. Much useful information, as well as answers to most configuration questions are answered in their FAQ.

Now, I can wait until I want to upgrade my server(s) before actually having to upgrade. Thank you, TFLP!

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