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Insecure and irresponsible to use a Fedora Version, which isn't supported anymore?

asked 2013-03-19 14:09:22 -0500

Fragenistmenschlich gravatar image

updated 2013-06-03 07:02:31 -0500


I made the mistake to set up a fileserver with Fedora (14) instead of CentOs. All in all it works like a charme and I'm not in need of any new features. So from this point of view I'm very satisfied and I don't want to upgrade the Fedora Version. But I'm a bit worried about the aspect of Security.

Usually I don't want the settings been overwritten by an upgrade. Furthermore I read many warnings about an inplace-upgrade, especially through so many versions. What do you think... is it irresponsible to use a Fedora-Version, which isn't supported anymore? Of course it's recommended and better to use the latest Version, but can you compare a Linux Distrubtion to... for example Windows Server 2000 or is Fedora much less vulnerable?

The fileserver has no connection to the internet. I enable it manually for getting updates. You can only access the server shares via Samba & Authentification (ACLs).

Thank you in advance for your opinion.

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answered 2013-03-20 03:43:23 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Well, the one reason why we advise people against using Fedora as a server is because we want them to stay up to date, and this entails frequent updates. Latest packages are good, since they will have bug fixes, which can be security related or otherwise.

I can't say how any Fedora version compares to a Windows server. I wonder how one would test this.

About upgrades: upgrading using yum works, if you know what you're doing. However, the number of changes between F14 and a current fedora release are too many, and the chances of the upgrade going smoothly, too small. If you have the time, I'd suggest a data backup and a CentOS/Scientific/RHEL install.

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answered 2013-06-03 10:15:34 -0500

Aleksandar Kostadinov gravatar image

@Fragenistmenschlich, the answer to your question is that it depends on how critical the service you have is. If it concerns only you and nobody else could be hurt, then it is completely responsible that you take the risk depending on current network users and other circumstances. On the other hand, if there is a risk for something important especially for other people, then it wont be very appropriate. Perhaps if you have full control over the network and client computers (no flash drives, CDs, external storage, network, etc.) then it could be justified in some cases.

I don't think it would be so hard to install latest fedora and migrate your configuration... should not be so complicated for a one service machine.

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