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[opensuse-buildservice] Re: openSUSE:Tools dropped 11.3 repo already?
  • From: Jim Henderson <hendersj@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 01:41:25 +0000 (UTC)
  • Message-id: <jfsvc5$m6t$1@dough.gmane.org>
On Thu, 26 Jan 2012 13:28:11 -0600, Archie Cobbs wrote:

On Thu, Jan 26, 2012 at 12:28 PM, Claudio Freire
<klaussfreire@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
To attempt a justification as to why older RHEL distros still exist,
non-opensuse repos get added with less frequency. Otherwise, it
wouldn't be possible to keep them all, just as it isn't possible with
opensuse ones. You have to draw a line somewhere.

I appreciate this attempted explanation, but it is completely
inadequate. Still waiting for a good one.

What exactly is inadequate about it?

1. You're using a free distribution
2. You're using services that are provided for free
3. Those services require disk storage, bandwidth, and other resources
that aren't free.
4. Since those resources aren't free, it's not possible to keep
everything for all versions going back forever.
5. That means that when resources are constrained, something gets
clipped, and the logical starting place is to start with the oldest stuff.

If you want something that's got LTS, SUSE has some commercial options
with the resources necessary paid for by licensing fees paid by customers
so the support is retained for a longer period.

Free (as in beer) does have its limitations.

Jim

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