Ubuntu vs Fedora

Two Linux distributions that have made their mark in the open source community. Both are based on two great operating systems that basically established what Linux is today: Debian and Red Hat Linux. Each one has its pro’s and it’s cons. I’m grown accustomed to Ubuntu, but I don’t mind trying out other distributions to see how well off they are and how different they have become.

All distributions these days carry, and can carry, the sameĀ desktop environments. How they implement them and place everything is a different story. In the user friendly department, Fedora wins. Everything is placed in its correct category and customization is more forward in the preferences section of the main menu. The different programs are more specific, since they are divided into Personal, Look-and-Feel, Internet and Network, Hardware, and System. This is more helpful for the new linux user. Since both distributions carry as their default the Gnome Desktop Environment, there is not too much of a difference in the way you can customize both.

Looking at how they are based on different operating systems, we can look more closely at some aspects. The update manager, for instance, is much better formed in Ubuntu. The notification that appears once you have installed the system and when you log in is eye-catching. It notifies you right away that you need to update your system. In Fedora, it is more subtle and it takes a bit for you to notice that they update manager is working. The process also decides to do things more privately, not telling you exactly how long the process will take and how much it needs to download. Also, the Synaptic Package Manager is much better formed in Ubuntu. There seems to be more programs available in the Ubuntu repositories. (People can correct me if I’m wrong).

Another thing I will have to give to Fedora is the fact that the installation is much quicker. Given that the installation is placed on a DVD, it helps without having you download any extra programs you would have liked to install with the initial install. Fedora also gives you the choice to transform your desktop into a server during the installation. This is beneficial for those who would like to use a server with a graphical interface, instead of the command line.

Both distributions are great to use. My personal preference is Ubuntu and I’d suggest for anyone who likes Open Source programs to give both of them a shot. If I had found Fedora before Ubuntu, I most likely would have stuck with Fedora. But since that didn’t happen, I guess I’m staying with Ubuntu. Some things are definately easier to find in Ubuntu, but Fedora seems to be a bit less bloated.

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~ by masterjs on June 23, 2008.

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