This is more for the enterprise minded folks out there, but is still relevant on a site devoted to Linux.
Red Hat has increased the release life cycle of RHEL 5 and RHEL 6 to 10 years. This is significant to the enterprise mainly due to the fact that upgrades due to “end-of-life” software and, therefore, lack of official support, will be less of an issue. Organizations can take a little extra time to upgrade to the next major release.
This may cause one to be concerned that this will cause Red Hat to have slower release cycles and thus fall behind the bleeding edge on software packaged in their OS. Thankfully Red Hat has that covered as most of the active development for RHEL happens within Fedora prior to syncing the changes to the RHEL source tree.
Read more here!