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Old 02-08-2004, 01:31 PM   #1
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Choosing between Debian and Fedora

This week I am trying various distros - Debian,Fedora and other.Now I am stuck on Debian and Fedora.I like debian very much,but I need the latest software(XFree 4.4) and an easier way to organize things.I know that Fedora has many tools and it would be easy,but I will miss apt-get.I know that there is apt-get for Fedora,but don't know what is the situation with the support of all new software and mirrors.For example KDE 3.2,XFree86 4.4 etc Can someone tell me ? I saw this ,but it is not said that these rpms are for Fedora Core 1?
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Old 02-08-2004, 03:36 PM   #2
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If you had gone to , you would have seen the Fedora section.

I've found apt for Fedora to be quite good. There are a number of servers supplying it.

One wtih KDE 3.2 is .
Old 02-09-2004, 01:22 PM   #3
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APT for Fedora

Yeah, You can visit FreshRPM's APT download page:

They have an APT version for FC1. I know many folks that have switched to apt-get from the default up2date. I'm using Yum right now, but I've used apt-get with Debian.

Basically, if you want rock solid old-as-dirt packages, Debian is the way to go. But that is just what is ships by default. You can just install the minimum and then install what you want. You probably won't expect to see 2.6.x kernel with Debian for a while. Some people prefer running the older, more stable packages -- which Debian fits the bill quite nicely. Also, Debian tends to be more difficult to install (initially). Getting stuff to work out of box can be very problematic at times. I don't like the idea of recompiling the kernel just to get my Ethernet card to work.

Fedora is basically RedHat 9.5 and basically shares many of the the same characteristics as far as setup and hardware support. Also, by default, Fedora keeps the packages more fresh and up to date than even RedHat. You could say Fedora is bleeding edge, but I don't think it is to a fault. I guess if you install the "development" Fedora packages -- that would really be bleeding edge.

Between the two, my Linksys card was automagically detected, configured, and workes great with Fedora so my system has had Fedora on it since. One of my favorite programs in Debian was apt-get so I'll probably switch over to use it on Fedora also. Just wanted to see how well yum worked. Not bad and certainly better than up2date.

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Old 02-09-2004, 01:52 PM   #4
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Have you looked at MEPIS?? It is based on Debian, I'm using it right now in its live cd form but it is really easy to install to the hard drive. Anyway have a look So far I think mepis really is kickass and might get rid of Fedora and install MEPIS to my hard drive. anyway happy linux trails.
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I have debian installed on one of my other spare hard drives and been toying with it but still haven't got it to where I want it. I think Fedora was a lot easier to install and get up and running.
I'm using yum to update Fedora and so far it's been pretty reliable (after I changed my /etc/yum.conf ). So far I think yum and apt are similar enough I haven't bothered to install apt on my fedora box.
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Warning these are my opinions and not to be taken as fact.

Fedora is nice because it just works. You can also find just about any package you want for Fedora, and the software is new and stable for the most part. The apt repositories for Fedora are the biggest selling point to me. apt-get update and apt-get upgrade are the best update mechanism I have ever used for any OS. I use Fedora on one machine that acts as a Samba file server, for my Fiance to play games like frozen bubble, and we use GNU Cash on it.

I use Debian on another machine for one reason. I like to tinker. I run Sid on the Debian box and update often, so things tend to break and I get to fix them. It is a great way to learn and I haven't lost any data yet on that machine. I have been using Debian/sid like that for 2 years.

It's all in what you like though.


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