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On 2014-09-24 16:06, Timothy Butterworth wrote:

openSUSE Evergreen releases can range from 3-4 years of support but
3 is essentially guaranteed. Starting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, both
The Server and Desktop versions will receive 5 years support.

I use Evergreen; I think that 3 years is very reasonable, and that 5
is excessive for an open release.

Why?

Because upgrading the machine at the end of the cycle will be close to
impossible. You have to install fresh, and on a long used machine
there will be lots of configurations and localizations to re-do.

As it is, upgrading from 11.4 to 13.1 is a bit difficult. In fact,
YaST wants to bail out and not do it.

On the other hand, a 4 year old operating system is obsolete. For
instance, you have to interact with other people, exchange documents,
etc, which you can not do because of the gap. Meaning that you have to
update applications to newer versions, which is something Evergreen
does not do if it can be avoided: much work, increasing with the gap.


IMO, beyond 3 years is the realm for paid versions and support contracts.


Yes, I know that many people have been using XP for a very long time.
Many still do. But it is a maintenance/support nightmare. XP was very
vulnerable, unless you really knew what you were doing.

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Cheers / Saludos,

Carlos E. R.
(from 13.1 x86_64 "Bottle" at Telcontar)
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