Fedora 25 End Of Life

With the recent release of Fedora 27, Fedora 25 officially enters End Of Life (EOL) status on December 12th, 2017. After December 12th, all packages in the Fedora 25 repositories no longer receive security, bugfix, or enhancement updates. Furthermore, no new packages will be added to the Fedora 25 collection.

Upgrading to Fedora 27 or Fedora 26 before December 12th 2017 is highly recommended for all users still running Fedora 25

Looking back at Fedora 25

Fedora 25 was released in June 2016. During this time the Fedora Community published over 10,700 updates to the Fedora 24 repositories. Fedora 25 Workstation featured version 3.22 of GNOME. Additionally, Fedora 25 was the first Fedora release to feature Wayland as the default display server. The new and improved Fedora Media Writer first made an appearance in Fedora 25.

About the Fedora Release Cycle

The Fedora Project provides updates for a particular release until a month after the second subsequent version of Fedora is released. For example, updates for Fedora 26 continue until one month after the release of Fedora 28. Fedora 27 continues to be supported up until one month after the release of Fedora 29.

The Fedora Project wiki contains more detailed information about the entire Fedora Release Life Cycle. The lifecycle includes milestones from development to release, and the post-release support period.

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  1. northerntracey

    erm I appear to be using fedora 22. How do I upgrade from this??

  2. nurnicu

    descansa en paz

  3. Night Romantic

    I’d recommend full reinstall. Keeping /home, of course.

    I myself still prefer fresh install to upgrade. It helps me keep trim my system, loosing all the stuff I installed to do one or two things or to experiment with — but don’t use generally.

    And if I need something else — it’s just dnf install away 😉

    • julo

      I do upgrades instead of re-installation of multiple PC’s at least since f19, so far didn’t hit troubles.
      Common bugs wiki page check still recommended.

  4. wang ming heng

    Fedora 21 is my most missed version because I had looked forward to it about half year long, and also it is the release that took the longest development as far as I could remember.

  5. Nauris

    Interestingly, F25 received Firefox 57 update (Quantum engine), despite that Fedora maintainers said that 56 will be the last available version for F25.
    I would really want to upgrade, however I’m not sure my Pentium D and old Radeon will be suitable for newest Gnome.

    • With an older computer, there are lighter desktops, for example the Xfce spin.

      • Nauris

        Yeah, I now. But I’m used to Gnome and despite of disappearing features with every next version, I would rather stay with Gnome and EOL Fedora release.

      • PitDog

        I run Security xfce on a Lenovo with only 4GB ram and the browser jams with only a dozen windows open, at times. I think LXDE is supposed to be lighter and if you can go with Open Box or something like that so much the better. If you don’t need Fedora security features you might want to do some benchmarking on the older rigs before committing – there are a lot of new light distros and window manager options aside from xfce, which is not perfect. MATE is arguably a better option, but when I tried adding it to a Fedora install it did not perform well so I stick with xfce for now, on older computers that I am keeping Debian/Arch free.

  6. Mathew

    Can I upgrade from F25 to F27 directly?
    Currently have “ignore=firefox*” in my “/etc/dnf/dnf.conf” file. Would that be sufficient to stop firefox from updating?


  7. David Mathis

    I run a HP Probook G1 with 3 external monitors. I have not been able to make the setup work in either F26 or F27. (Yet)
    The issue seems to point to the Radeon 8730M card.

    Can we look forward to any development for Radeon cards or will I be stuck with F25?

    Thanks for any thoughts.

  8. Scott

    I tried to upgrade (via the DNF method) from 25 to 26 and ended up with a non booting system. 🙁 I don’t know why or how that happened. It took me a while to figure out how to do a semi-fresh install, but I finally installed 27 instead. I may not have had to, but I ended up reformatting or recreating all partitions except /boot/efi and /home (which was on a separate disk).
    The live boot media installer doesn’t seem to have an upgrade or repair option. It would be nice if those features were included.

  9. PitDog

    I just upgraded one machine from 25>26>27 without a hitch and the other one from 25>26, holding off on >27 as I am in the California fire blackout zone. (Lost power just as my last download and the upgrade went without a hitch on battery power.) I liked 25 though it seemed like a modernization of the old 23 I had been running and the wallpaper was classic. Not that aesthetics are that big a deal, but they do count when you are looking at the blue screen hours on end.

    I think that the repos worked better on each successive upgrade and also my experience with 23/24 on Qubes was not stellar. In fact on Fedora WS, Security and Qubes I had been having a lot of jammed updates and difficulties with Fusion which problems resolved with later versions

    . It took some getting used to and I almost bailed when the six month upgrade cycle seemed like a dispensable chore but I have stuck with Fedora and do not regret it. The security is so much better imho than Ubuntu and OpenSUSE,there is no comparison and the upgrades are so smooth that I am sold on Fedora after a long sojourn amongst the distros. And I do mean sold on upgrades no longer a slave to the re-install thing.

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