Fedora 9 was officially released one year ago, on May 13th, 2008. It was dubbed Sulphur and it was the first Fedora Linux distribution to include hard drive encryption support in the graphical installer (a feature that is still missing from the popular Ubuntu distribution). Fedora 9 was powered by the Linux kernel 2.6.25 and it was one of the first Linux distributions with the KDE 4 desktop environment. Sulphur also introduced a new package manager based on PackageKit, RandR support and many more.
Today we are sorry to announce the end of life for Fedora 9 (Sulphur) on July 10th, 2009. This means that, starting with July 10th, users of Fedora 9 will no longer receive security/critical fixes and software updates. Therefore, all Fedora 9 users are urged to upgrade to the most recent version, Fedora 11.
"With the release of Fedora 11 now past us, it's come time to remind folks that per the release policy, maintenance for the N-2 Fedora release ends one month after the Fedora N comes out. In this case, since Fedora 11 just came out, that means that the end of life for Fedora 9 will be 2009-07-10. After this point, no new updates, including security updates, will be available for Fedora 9. We strongly urge folks to upgrade to Fedora 11 in order to experience the best and latest that Fedora has to offer." - said Jon Stanley in the official announcement.
What is Fedora?
The Fedora Project is a Red-Hat-sponsored and community-supported open-source project. It is also a proving ground for new technology that may eventually make its way into Red Hat products and it is not a supported product of Red Hat. The goal of The Fedora Project is to work with the Linux community in order to build a complete, general purpose operating system exclusively from free software.
If you haven't upgraded yet to Fedora 11, you can download the DVD right now from Softpedia. The KDE Live CD and the GNOME Live CD are also available from Softpedia, here and here.
Goodbye Fedora 9
Sulphur will die on July 10th