Fedora Release Life Cycle

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Lifecycle and Maintenance of Fedora

The Fedora Project maintains any given release X until one month after the release of X+2.

This means:

  • Fedora 8 will be maintained until 1 month after the release of Fedora 10.
  • Fedora 9 will be maintained until 1 month after the release of Fedora 11.

In practice, Fedora releases a new version about every 6 months, which means than each version of Fedora gets updates for about 13 months. This allows users to "skip a release" while still being able to always have a system that is under maintenance. You can find information on the project releases at Fedora Release Schedule .

Fedora Current Releases

Fedora Releases End of Life

Fedora Historical Schedules

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Fedora is focused on free and open source software innovations and moves quickly. If you want a distribution that moves slower but has a longer lifecycle, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is derivative of Fedora or free rebuilds of that such as CentOS might be more suitable for you. Refer to the RHEL page for more details.