RHEL backported one additional year

Submitted by dag on Thu, 2008/06/19 - 23:38

At the 2008 Red Hat summit in Boston, Red Hat outlined to support Red Hat Enterprise Linux for new hardware and installation media one year longer than it did in the past.

This is a major event. In the past Red Hat offered new hardware support, bugfixes and feature enhancements (dubbed full support) for 3 years after the initial release. But now that will be for 4 years after initial release. New installation media will be release up to 5 years after initial release !

That means that RHEL5 (and CentOS 5), released on March 2007, will have full support until March 2011, new media releases until March 2012 and will have security updates until March 2014.

If you were running RHEL4 (or CentOS 4), released on Feb 2005, than the upcoming 4.7 release will not be the last, but there will be at least a 4.8 and 4.9 release until May 2009, new media releases until May 2010 and from then on the normal security updates will keep coming in until Feb 2012.

This matches much better with the normal hardware lifecycle within companies. Usually hardware is decommissioned after 4 to 5 years and since a release is often not being deployed in production when it ships, but more or less a year after initial release. That means there is a much better (and wider) overlap between supported releases.

Red Hat's Product Life Cycle page is not adapted yet, but here is an updated slide from my Enterprise Linux presentation and it explains Red Hat's Enterprise Linux offering best:


Click the picture to see it in all its glory

This is a major improvement to Enterprise Linux as a whole and I am very keen to see how Novell and Canonical are going to react to Red Hat's newest twist.

Enjoy !

Incorrect numbers and PNG with errors

There should be CentOS 3, 4 and 5 instead of decimal numbers. I bet 3.9 will not be supported after 2 years.
Also big PNG image is not shown within FF3 because errors.

Hi Milan, I don't understand

Hi Milan,

I don't understand your comment about the incorrect numbers. CentOS 3.9 was the last minor release for CentOS 3 and is in maintenance mode since July 2007. Support will end October 2010. Actually, Red Hat did not make a change for RHEL3 support because it is already in maintenance mode. Only RHEL4 and RHEL5 and future products will have an additional year of "full support".

The big PNG works fine here in Firefox 3. Both tested on Firefox 3 Beta 5 on CentOS 5.2 and Firefox 3 on Windows XP. Maybe there was a network hiccup somewhere ?

great news

This is great news. Thanks for explaining the implications for the CentOS project.

Broken image

The image link is broken.

Fixed. Thanks!

Fixed. Thanks!