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raazman 04-19-2010 12:18 PM

Ubuntu vs Fedora
 
Hi, I was just wondering what were people's thoughts on the comaprision of Fedora and Ubuntu. Is Ubuntu 10.04 and Fedora 12 comparable or Fedora 13? Which distro do you think is better? I've heard that Ubuntu, with their more recent releases, have many more bugs than usual. I want to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

raazman

acid_kewpie 04-19-2010 01:34 PM

any thread with "vs" in the title is onto a loser... Just pick the one you prefer. In terms of target audience, Ubuntu and Fedora are aimed at entirely different user bases, so should not be compared.

sycamorex 04-19-2010 01:42 PM

Disk space is not that expensive, you could install both distros alongside and then you'll find out which distro works better for you.

snowpine 04-19-2010 02:08 PM

There is no "vs"; Ubuntu and Fedora are two of the top Linux distributions, serving different niches.

In terms of bugginess, both Ubuntu 10.04 and Fedora 13 are unreleased beta testing versions, so you should expect them both to be buggy. Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12 are the current stable releases.

salasi 04-19-2010 05:23 PM

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Originally Posted by raazman (Post 3940443)
Which distro do you think is better?

That's a direct question and at least you aren't asking which you will like better, or which will be better for someone in your position.

While I haven't tried either of these latest releases, recently I haven't liked either. Hope that helped. (Note that everyone will have their own opinions and I do hope that you will be happy with your eventual choice.)

DavidMcCann 04-19-2010 06:12 PM

Having used both (though mainly Fedora), I'd say that the frequent claim that they are very different is exaggerated. Fedora is what home users most frequently used before Ubuntu and it has always been easy to install compared with, say, Debian. Both tend to be bleeding-edge, with the 6-month schedule, and both have had their good editions and not-so-good editions.

Support is perhaps better for Fedora, as the Ubuntu community has a higher proportion of beginners to experts, but both seem to avoid attracting the "RTFM types" one associates with certain distros.

John VV 04-19-2010 10:20 PM

apples VS. oranges

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Ubuntu and Fedora are aimed at entirely different user bases, so should not be compared.

cola 04-19-2010 10:37 PM

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Originally Posted by raazman (Post 3940443)
Hi, I was just wondering what were people's thoughts on the comaprision of Fedora and Ubuntu. Is Ubuntu 10.04 and Fedora 12 comparable or Fedora 13? Which distro do you think is better? I've heard that Ubuntu, with their more recent releases, have many more bugs than usual. I want to hear your thoughts. Thanks!

raazman

Install both.

bendib 04-25-2010 09:42 PM

Fedora is much better for what I do. Ubuntu babies me, and I've never been too fond of debs or apt-get/aptitude. I say go with Fedora

cola 04-26-2010 07:47 AM

Some say .deb will be the winner!:)

alli_yas 05-10-2010 09:13 AM

Its like saying BMW vs Mercedes - which is better?

These are both top of the class distro's that serve different user bases.

You'll get those who argue for Ubuntu and those who argue for Fedora (me :D ) - but in essence both do a number of things very differently; but very well nonetheless.

For newer Linux users; who are migrating from a Windows environment; having used both, my opinion is that Ubuntu can be considered more "user friendly" so to speak.

At the end of the day it comes down to what the individual is accustomed too....for me its RPM based Linux; and Fedora/RHEL specifically; for others its debian based Linux/Ubuntu.

k3vi4n 12-22-2010 07:29 AM

They are both great for me... I use to have one old laptop at home still running actively with Ubuntu. My personal laptop for work is installed with Fedora with several virtual machines including Ubuntu, running cross-platform for work related purposes.

The only thing is, Ubuntu provide longer support (w/ the LTS version) while Fedora has at least 13 months. Except if you are likely to have an upgrade every 5 or 6 months (Ubuntu/Fedora releases). For me, I would prefer a longer period before I upgrade to newer release/versions because of too much things to do and especially the backup work-around and re-installing apps.

Ubuntu - my family members can easily relates the use of it & provides work related process for me.
Fedora - i love to run all of it here with technicalities and skills.

Skaperen 12-23-2010 10:42 AM

I find that both RPM and DEB based distributions can get into trouble if one installs some packages by source, instead of by the appropriate package. Note, I say "can". It doesn't always happen. It seems to happen when more installations or upgrades are done after the package that was installed by source. It may be due to conflicting files, somewhere.

Because of that, I end up using the distribution with the packages I need. Right now that's Ubuntu because Fedora didn't have some. That could be the reverse for you.

I've also run into the fact that Fedora releases are rather short lived, compared to Ubuntu. I'll be having a look at Centos for my RPM needs in the near future.

ronald.watson 02-25-2011 11:45 PM

Posting a question pitting Fedora vs. Ubuntu is only going to give you lots of opinions. There won't be a clear and emperical answer, because at the end of the day, people use one or the other because they like it.

First off, the three things absolutely required to define an operating system are, a bootloader, a kernel, and a filesystem. Each of these are the same to both Ubuntu and Fedora, which is why they are called distributions and not operating systems. In other words the real differences between the two are largely in how they are packaged and the options available to each distro. If you blindly picked up a Fedora or Ubuntu disk and installed it, you probably wouldn't miss the OS on the other disk.

Here's how I would look at the two... Fedora is the upstream to Red Hat's Enterprise Linux and CentOS, which is designed primarily for the data center to provide enterprise level stability for mission critical applications. On the other hand, Ubuntu was developed with much more of a focus toward the desktop and the home user who's less inclined to hunt around and figure out how to make things work.

So, if you're already a UNIX guy (Solaris, Irix, AIX, HP-UX), you work in a datacenter or you have aspirations of being in that world, you'll probably be more interested in Fedora or CentOS as the behavior of those distros are more like the UNIXes previously mentioned. If you prefer the sexy and polished look of MacOS, for example, or you want to use Linux without having to be as immersed in all the more technical aspects, you'll probably enjoy Ubuntu a whole lot more.

Hope it helps!

P.S. Personally, I prefer Fedora, but just because I prefer it doesn't mean you should. Remember that what makes each distro a Linux is exactly the same. :)

jagooch 03-14-2011 07:06 AM

raazman - we need to hear from you...because you forgot to fill in the critical information required to answer your quest...."for what?" . Without knowing what the distro is going to be used for, there is no way to answer your question. If you supply the requirements or at least the purpose(home desktop, graphics editing, video editing, software development, etc ) then we can give you a more intelligent answer.


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