An anonymous reader writes: My company has been using an aging, unmaintained Linux server for years and I've been given the lovely task of updating it. Our server is based on Fedora Core 3. The server is not mission critical, so doing an over-night upgrade is not out of the question, but we do have several tens-of-gigabytes of data to carry over, aside from service configurations. Undoubtedly, there are several security holes in the aging versions of the services that we're running, including OpenSSH, Apache, PostgreSQL, MySQL, PureFTP, OpenVPN, SVN, CVS, and Jabber. Since FC3 has long been unsupported, most online sources suggest a clean install rather than trying a brute-force yum upgrade. So I'm left with several options. Should I choose a different distro? If so, can the Slashdot community recommend one that is both relatively painless to maintain and upgrade? Should I look into virtualization? Has anyone else in the Slashdot community been faced with a similar issue?