[Gllug] Fedora Core 14

Tethys sta296 at astradyne.co.uk
Sat Feb 4 02:14:06 UTC 2012

"Richard W.M. Jones" writes:

>> Even the early versions of RedHat Linux in the 1990s allowed for
>> offline OS upgrades (you had to boot from CDROM). The main problems
>> then were caused by installing 3rd party RPM packages which had bad
>> dependencies.
>It's partly because not all Fedora developers are keen to support
>this.  My laptop has a "rolling upgrade" (of Fedora Rawhide) that I
>usually only reinstall every 2-3 years, so it works reasonably if you
>can deal with the breakage.

Indeed. I recall a couple of years ago, someone from Red Hat posted
a list of reasons why rolling upgrades couldn't be done in the general
case, and a bunch of features that weren't possible without an external
installer like anaconda. This was met with a deafening silence from all
those in the Debian world that had been claiming RH was just being rubbish
in requiring an external installer. Yes, there is a subset of machines
that can be upgraded that way (and IIRC, Fedora does now support updating
via yum for those machines). But there are others where it simply won't

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