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Old 02-20-2007, 09:48 PM   #1
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Ubuntu vs. Fedora?


I'm hearing a lot about Ubuntu here on the forums. Is there a comparison list between Ubuntu and Fedora? What are the pros and cons of Ubunto?

I pretty much started out with Slackware, but found it a bit "interesting" as a beginner, so I switched to Fedora, which seems to be a bit easier and has more support available.
 
Old 02-20-2007, 10:42 PM   #2
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I'm hearing a lot about Ubuntu here on the forums. Is there a comparison list between Ubuntu and Fedora? What are the pros and cons of Ubunto?

I pretty much started out with Slackware, but found it a bit "interesting" as a beginner, so I switched to Fedora, which seems to be a bit easier and has more support available.
Don't know about an [un]official "us v them" but as a quick "why I like Ubuntu" I'll say - it's all about the package management system. With Ubuntu (or Debian), I never have to fish for CDs, never have to scour the internet to find an rpm to update such and such library so I can install program X, can do fast office-wide installs from a non-interactive shell script, am guaranteed the latest and greatest programs - no downloading an rpm only to find that a newer one has been made, I just hadn't found it yet....

Beyond that, they're very similar. For me, it's all about the package management.
 
Old 02-20-2007, 10:51 PM   #3
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Just curious about what's better about the Ubuntu package management ...

What package mamagement does Ubuntu use? I use yum to download and update my packages. So far I haven't had any problems using yum to install a new program.
 
Old 02-20-2007, 11:09 PM   #4
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ubuntu have big software repository, majority of required application can be install via internet with 'apt-get'. Fedora Core have smaller repository.

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Ubuntu, being based on Debian, has a broader range of options in the repositories that can be used in the package manager.

I now recommend distros based on the package managment (apt/synaptic):
Ubuntu
Kubuntu
Mepis (my current default)
PCLinuxOS
 
Old 02-21-2007, 11:24 AM   #6
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I've decided to download and check out Ubuntu for a tryout.

I'm not familiar with Debian, other than hearing the name. How much different is it than Fedora?
I know there were differenced between Slackware and Fedora where config files were concerned, so I had to relearn a few things.
 
Old 02-21-2007, 12:37 PM   #7
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i would say that Ubuntu is easier to use than Fedora-excluding installation. don't get me wrong, the installation is not command line, but pay careful attention at the end when it tells you to log in as 'oem'. also pay attention to the command it gives you to actually log you in as opposed to the 'oem' account. simply login as oem, use your password you specified in the installation. go to a terminal "applications>accessories>terminal and type "sudo oem-config-prepare" and reboot. you can get literally hundreds of software though automatix2, synaptic package manager and the Add/Remove window located under applications. automatix2 is the only one that you actually have to install. another thing that may help before you ask, your resolution will be very huge, like 640x480. once again, go to a terminal and type "sudo dpkg-reconfigure xserver-xorg". it will take you through a setup screen in the terminal, and then you can reset your resolution to whatever you want under "system>preferences>screen resolution"
 
Old 02-21-2007, 01:14 PM   #8
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I've decided to download and check out Ubuntu for a tryout.

I'm not familiar with Debian, other than hearing the name. How much different is it than Fedora?
I know there were differenced between Slackware and Fedora where config files were concerned, so I had to relearn a few things.
Debian is one of the oldest distros. It is the basis for Ubuntu, which in turn the basis for Mepis.

In my Mepis system, many of the repositories listed in the package manager are Debian.
 
Old 02-21-2007, 02:01 PM   #9
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Ubuntu is ok, but their are a number of broken packages, features are missing in it, and it can be a pain to use. The package management is quite good, and the interface is ok, but the installation leaves a lot to be desired (and brings back memories of slackware installations).

Fedora is ok as well, its what i use. Sure their is less software, but i find it easier to modify to my own design. Software installation and updates are controlled by yum. Repositories can be added to further the scope of packages available. The interface is the same (if you go with gnome or kde), the installation can be gui or text. But it requires more up to date hardware to run nicely with the big window managers. If you prefer cutdown everything like fluxbox, xfce, then you can make it fly. Also most of the features i want that arent present in Ubuntu are available (selinux, dmcrypt works, pam works).

I'd say get a copy of both and try them, also try other linux distros, until you find one you are happy with, and does what you need it to do.
 
  


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