Originally Posted by heat84
I was just thinking about this thread.
I meant to reply with this earlier but the reason we were using FC5 in my class was because my instructor prefers us to us the conf files instead of the GUI and (according to him) HTTP is automated in FC6 and up. But there's an HTTPD.conf file in FC6 and later isn't there?
I've since finished that class so I don't think I'll have to worry about this issue anymore.
Config files didn't disappear after FC5. That's the thing about Linux - a GUI config tool might exist for a service or piece of software, but 99% of software in Linux can be configured through editing plaintext files. Configs are all out there in plain text for you to see.
The instructor could force you to modify config files in Fedora 9 or, heck, even in F10 beta. Doesn't matter. Apache's used httpd.conf for as long as anybody can remember. Always has, still does.
If he doesn't want you setting up Apache with the GUI, he could prevent you from installing the GUI config tool, I'd imagine - or at least ask you not to use it (hooray honor system). Apache is being run on headless servers all over the world - it's configured through editing plaintext files, and many dedicated web servers don't even have GUIs (and hence no GUI config tools).
Bottom line is that that seems to be a very weird justification on the part of your instructor to use end of life software.
I really don't know what's up with all these instructors forcing students to use years-old versions of software distributions, but a surprising number of students come on here asking for support for years-old versions of Fedora that they're forced to use in class. Is it laziness on the part of the instructors? Ignorance of the Fedora release cycle? (and I mean ignorance in the original sense of "not knowing" rather than "God, you're an idiot!")