With the recent release of Fedora 29, Fedora 27 officially enters End Of Life (EOL) status on November 30, 2018. This impacts any systems still on Fedora 27. If you’re not sure what that means to you, read more below.
At this point, packages in the Fedora 27 repositories no longer receive security, bugfix, or enhancement updates. Furthermore, the community adds no new packages to the Fedora 27 collection starting at End of Life. Essentially, the Fedora 27 release will not change again, meaning users no longer receive the normal benefits of this leading-edge operating system.
There’s an easy, free way to keep those benefits. If you’re still running an End of Life version such as Fedora 27, now is the perfect time to upgrade to Fedora 28 or to Fedora 29. Upgrading gives you access to all the community-provided software in Fedora.
Looking back at Fedora 27
Fedora 27 was released on November 14, 2017. As part of their commitment to users, Fedora community members released about 9,500 updates.
This release featured, among many other improvements and upgrades:
- GNOME 3.26
- LibreOffice 5.4
- Simpler container storage setup in the Fedora Atomic Host
- The new Modular Server, where you could choose from different versions of software stacks
Of course, the Project also offered numerous alternative spins of Fedora, and support for multiple architectures.
About the Fedora release cycle
The Fedora Project offers updates for a Fedora release until a month after the second subsequent version releases. For example, updates for Fedora 28 continue until one month after the release of Fedora 30. Fedora 29 continues to be supported up until one month after the release of Fedora 31.
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.
Alexandre Guimarães gomes
Fedora should last at least 2 year, i mean the gap between new versions
I Installed Fws 28 and upgraded to Fws 29 recently. I hope that if I keep upgrading to newer releases I will never reach the EOL! Should the basic install Fws 28 matter? Or should I install the newer version afresh at the EOL?
Paul W. Frields
@svsv: If you follow the upgrade procedure, it won’t matter if you did a basic install originally. All your content should be upgraded appropriately. And yes, upgrading regularly does exactly what you said. 🙂
Thank you Paul. That is piece of mind!
Correct the “recent release of Fedora 29” to redirect to the Fedora 29 release announcement instead of the 27 release announcement.
I upgrade about every 2 or 3 years, I have F24 and F27 running with Flatpak that gives me updated software. Problems is programs lag behind the OS developement. F24 is the fastest but F27 offers cascade windows and Wayland working first for me. Will try 29 or 30 when more updates to software are made. Fedora should include dark, medium, and light themes, Fedora choice of background are alot better too.
Gnome 3 is now feature rich runs Wayland well and now 29 and soon 30 have improved memory handling. Wow, amazed how you guys put new technology into opensource and make it work.
Oh Noooooooooo! Why should I upgrade once everything is stable??? 🙁
Paul W. Frields
@zzz: So that you continue to get security updates and other improvements.
Fc29 is pretty nice
Oh! I hoped dnfdragora would update from F27 to F29!
So I have to run FEDUP?
I am just a user, please make it simple for us 70 + year olds.
Paul W. Frields
@Alan: We try to make it as simple as possible. Follow the link in the article for the upgrade instructions. It’s possible to upgrade directly from F27 to F29, but we usually recommend doing it in steps (first to F28, then to F29).
Found out FEDUP is out of date! I did Google and went to F28. I will give it 2 weeks then go for F29.
David F. Lanphere Sr.
I was loving Fedora 16, but I forgot my root password, so I went on to 22, but things got crazy and I ended up with Ubuntu 15 for about a year. It was Ok, but I wanted to get back to Fedora, the only problem was that I was in a part of the world where internet speed was so slow, I couldn’t even update my OS! I had to wait. I tried to purchase a set of discs with all the Fedora OS’s and extras on them, but I couldn’t figure them out, so I stayed with Ubuntu, only until I got back home to the USA. By then we were on Fedora 26, so I loaded it, and successfully updated all the time. Then when the upgrades arrived, I just loaded them and everything worked fine. I am now on 29, and so far, I am happy. I have tried other distributions, but I kind of like how Fedora is associated with Red Hat. I am not a hater, and In fact I kind of like to play with the “Apple” people by showing them a “Pear” desktop, just to mess with their heads. And just for even more fun, I show people a Compiz desktop, and all the wiggly windows, and other effects.
Hey ???? Paul , should the EOL process have an webpage / email that states 30 days from the EOL post as there should give people some heads up last day for channel update for security. As some folks like to be on fresher then centos / but trailing head of branch of fedora.
Or EOL still gets patches , but it is not unsupported ?
As fedora 27 is not on this page yet -> https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/End_of_life
I too am a senior citizen Fedora user. I’d hardly call myself a power user. I really like the Fedora life cycle. Fedora offers the latest packages of all my applications and my upgrade process only takes about an hour or so. I prefer to leave it a month after the new release before upgrading to allow external repositories to get their updates in place. The dnf process is simple, you only need to remember 3 commands and I’ve never had any issues on my particular hardware with the upgrade process. Keep up the excellent work!
My first love ‘a la Linux’ was Fedora 4 (!!!). I like the evolution of the htis distro 🙂
I have Fedora 20,which was installed by someone who is now deseased.I live in New Brunswick Canada. Do you have any one in Atlantic Canada who is a linux installer?