Fedora 27 has officially reached the End of Life (EOL) status on November 30, so no further updates and security patches would be released beyond this date.
Officially shipped on November 14, 2017, Fedora 27 has received approximately 9,500 updates according to official data.
However, with Fedora 28 and Fedora 29 already up for grabs, it makes sense for this old version to be retired, and now all users are recommended to update their devices as soon as possible to the latest releases.
“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,” the official announcement reads.
Fedora 29, your next destination
Fedora 29 was launched on October 30 in several flavors, including Workstation, Server, and Atomic, and it’s now the recommended version for Fedora 27 users looking to update their devices.
While the specific end-of-support date for Fedora 29 wasn’t announced until now, the Fedora Project uses a standard schedule that provides us with a hint as to when this version would stop receiving updates and security patches.
Fedora 29 support will end approximately one month after the release of Fedora 31. New versions of the operating system are released about every six months, so updating a system to Fedora 29 should guarantee support for more than a year.
Needless to say, those who are still running Fedora 27 can continue using their computers normally, though, without security patches and improvements, it’s all just a matter of time until the update to a newer Fedora release would be performed. Plus, given the lack of security patches, the risks of exploits aimed at vulnerabilities in the OS is significantly increased.