Linux Upgrades

Do I need to upgrade?

Choosing when to upgrade requires some thought. You certainly will want to upgrade if your Linux distribution is no longer supported. You may also wish to update your distribution if it is nearing the end of its support life cycle, or if you need some of the new features, performance, or security that often comes with new releases.

Choosing a distribution

Different distribution release support life cycles vary widely from as little as 6 months to as long as 10 years. The RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux releases are generally supported for 10 years. Ubuntu long term releases are supported for 5 years, but their intermediate releases are only 6 months to a year. Debian releases are somewhat dynamic because it is community driven, so it is not as ideal for a production environment. Fedora releases are similar to the intermediate Ubuntu releases and are supported for only a short time after release. In general, for production environments, you want to stick to the RHEL/CentOS/Scientific Linux releases, or the Ubuntu long term support releases. Which distribution is best for you will often depend on your use and project requirements.

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Planning an upgrade and choosing the right distribution and distribution version will take some planning and consideration. Deciding what is best for you will depend on your individual requirements. Please give us a call so that we may work with you to find the best solution possible!

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