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Bug#468765: Is oldstable security support duration something to be proud of?

On Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 04:13:43PM -0400, Filipus Klutiero wrote:
> RHEL and derivatives: 7 years

RHEL does offer support for 7 years, but that's paid-for support. Notice that
you *cannot* use official RHEL updates without paying for it (up2date
requires a paid subscription to Red Hat's Network). You can get white-branded
distributions based on RHEL (such as Whitebox linux) but those do not provide
*any* security support. You can also upgrade from third-party repositories,
but that's not official security support.

If you want to compare Debian with free distributions you should have
included Fedora, not RHEL. And Fedora's security support is nowhere near 7

> Debian is somewhat better than openSUSE, equal or slightly worst than Ubuntu 
> and definitely worst than RHEL and derivatives. So on average, Debian is 
> somewhat worst than its main alternatives in this aspect. IMO one shouldn't 
> show off unless being at least a bit above average.

If you take off RHEL "and derivatives" from the equation (which you should do
as RHEL's security support is not free and the derivatives don't hold 7 year
support) Debian is not worst on average to other free (as in beer)



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