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Why to upgrade Fedora when a new version is released?

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Why should one upgrade Fedora whenever a new version is released? What are the main reasons?

posted Jul 12, 2013 by anonymous

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Assuming you're on a version that still gets support, patches, and updates:

  1. If you've chosen Fedora, it's because you like living near the edge. Face it, it's fun. Things break, things get fixed, hurdles are jumped. It shows you are superior to people who use Windows or OS/X, even if you're the only one who appreciates that. If you don't like the Fedora life but like the Red Hat environment, switch to CentOS. Stable, strong, boring. :-)

  2. Skipping versions (e.g., using only odd-number versions) complicates the upgrade processes. It will *probably* work, but it's less certain than upgrading with each bump.

answer Jul 12, 2013 by anonymous
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Today we have an upgrade tool that makes the upgrade process almost seamless. That is, as long as you upgrade every time. Miss a version, and you're in trouble. Miss two or three versions, and any major change will force you to do a complete, wipe-your-drive re-installation.

As to why it matters: software is always subject to updates. Some of this is required for security reasons. And any version of an operating system must come to the end of its life, or else you have no time to
invent anything new.

answer Jul 12, 2013 by anonymous
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