The Penguin Strikes Back

I have been happily buzzing along with Red Hat 9 Linux on my ‘auxiliary’ computer. Everything works well, and I was pretty pleased… until earlier this evening:

Dear Red Hat Linux user,

We are approaching the published end of life date for errata support

for our final Red Hat Linux distribution. We’d like to remind you of

this date and the options available to you for migrating your Red Hat

Linux implementations: Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the Fedora Project.

Red Hat Linux 9 distribution will reach its end-of-life for errata

maintenance on April 30, 2004. This means that as of May 1, 2004

we will not be producing new security, bugfix, or enhancement updates

for this product.

There are a variety of options available for migration. Red Hat

offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux as well as the new Fedora Project.

Our Red Hat Linux Migration Resource Center can help you find the Red

Hat solution best suited for your needs:

The errata support policy, as well as our current errata and

advisories, are available from:

–the Red Hat Network Team


Now I’ll have to choose again. I don’t want to be running a ‘dead’ distribution, because any security holes will remain just that… and that’s not acceptable.

I’m leaning toward Mandrake 10 Community, but am looking for any advice I can get. It’s very confusing. I think it’s time to reevaluate the ease of Linux use. This will be fodder for an entry in a few days.

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