End of support notice for Fedora 26, and other github-related news.

Hello everyone,

As the title suggests, I will no longer be supporting Fedora 26 for any of my programs, as it has officially reached its End Of Life date.

What does this mean for F26 users?

These users will no longer receive security updates. This means this older operating system will rapidly become insecure and unsafe for general internet-connected use. It will still work, but most applications will stop supporting it in the near future, or already have. Users are advised to upgrade to a supported version of their distribution. Alternatively they could switch to a different Linux distro if they wish.

But I need to run your program on Fedora 26!

Well, the current versions of my programs still have downloads for F26 (at the time of writing), but no future versions will. Note that you need WxFixBoot v2.0.3 if you want to run it on Fedora 26 or modify Fedora 26, not the newer v2.0.4. You can continue to run the older versions though, and they will remain up for download on my website at www.hamishmb.com. If you really need to, you could try running a newer version of one of my programs on your platform, even though I don’t support it. I can’t guarantee this will work, but it might be a good solution in the interim if you really must do it.


Now, on to the other news:

Microsoft has bought/will buy GitHub!

You may have already heard this story, but either way, most developers, including me, don’t seem particularly happy with this. You could say Microsoft have gotten a lot better and more open-source friendly since the old days of the 90s and early 2000s, but as you can read in this article, all might not be as it seems. Granted, this is an article from 2016, and it’s fairly angry. On the other hand, there are many more such articles on the internet if you look for them. For example: https://duckduckgo.com/?q=microsoft+open+source+patents&t=lm&ia=web. If anyone has seen a more positive account of this, please let me know.

Either way, I personally don’t like Microsoft much, and I really don’t like the idea of my open source code being stored and tracked on a platform owned by Microsoft, so I shall be moving to a different provider. I’ll probably move to a provider that supports the git platform, because I like it, but I don’t know which one yet. Perhaps GitLab, or Bitbucket, who knows. Anyway, I just thought I’d let you know that this is going to happen so you aren’t caught unawares.

That’s it for me, but I am likely to have some more news for you soon.


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About Hamish McIntyre-Bhatty

I'm a self-employed software developer working on Free Software projects, as well as studying for my degree with the Open University. Being pedantic when it comes to detail is fortunately useful for both of these things! A strong believer in free software, I have a few pay-for programs available under the GPLv3 and enjoy reporting bugs and helping to improve various open source projects, including volunteering at Wimborne Model Town to work on their river control system.

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