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Old 01-31-2018, 06:03 PM   #1
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Smile Fedora or Ubuntu for Business Use


Hey everyone! I've recently made the swap from Windows to Linux as my OS of choice at work. I've always been a fan of Linux ever since I took a course on it in college, and have been using it for personal use ever since. I recently installed Linux Mint (KDE) on my laptop as in the past I always had good luck with it. I rarely had anything break and, for the most part, never really had to fight with the package manager to get most of my desired applications installed.

With that being said, I've recently grown to dislike Mint as I've been experiencing a lot of issues with it. (Some graphical, others functional - the point of this forum isn't to fix my current install so the details aren't that important)

A few of my co-workers are using Ubuntu (Unity) currently and have mentioned that, for them, they have had no issues whatsoever with the distro. That being said, I've never really enjoyed using Ubuntu. I always found it felt sort of... bloated, I guess? I realise that Mint is based off debian/ubuntu, however I always felt the bloat with mint was, for the most part, worth it.

In college, I was taught linux in Fedora. It's what I'm most familiar with and where most of my (limited) linux knowledge lies. I've recently installed Fedora on my personal laptop and have been really impressed by the changes/additions and, to me, it seems like a very solid business distro.

[TLDR] What do you guys think? Should I stick with the crowd and install Ubuntu on my work machine or should I give Fedora a try? Any reasoning included with your decision would be very welcome. I like to weigh my options.
 
Old 01-31-2018, 06:20 PM   #2
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If you are familiar with Fedora, your best bet would probably be CentOS which is the free version of Red Hat and since Fedora is part of Red Hat, it should be familiar. Fedora has short term support and frequent new releases which are not good for a server which requires stability. Debian/Ubuntu, Red Hat/CentOS or Opensuse are probably the most used but you can use any Linux for a server if you want to spend the time on it
 
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:25 PM   #3
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Thank you for the reply!

I should have been more specific in my original post - When I say linux for business what I mean is a Linux OS to run on my business workstation (laptop), and not a server. That being said, I have heard some good things about CentOS. How does it hold up as a workstation OS?
 
Old 01-31-2018, 06:30 PM   #4
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Might have been less recommended in the past, but with the improvements dnf system-upgrade have brought, I'd stick with Fedora.
Been very stable over the last couple of years, if you let the upgrades "age" for 4-6 weeks before install.
 
Old 01-31-2018, 06:36 PM   #5
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Hi syg00, thanks for the reply!

I appreciate the advice. I have to admit that I too appreciate the improvements to the system upgrade. I'm not sure if it's specific to Fedora or Gnome in general but I actually appreciate the fact that it asks you to power off/reboot before installing any updates. I was always worried if running live updates could cause issues with your system.
 
Old 01-31-2018, 08:12 PM   #6
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Between Fedora and Ubuntu, I'd pick a Ubuntu LTS. I would find Fedora's six-month release cycle extremely annoying on a work machine.

CentOS is rock solid stable, but you might find its repos a bit limited for desktop usage.

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Old 01-31-2018, 08:31 PM   #7
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The hardware may determine what you can use. In general I agree that for business a Centos or Scientific linux might be worth it. There is usually a fairly easy way to install almost any standard business program or feature to that. I personally like Fedora today. However don't discount OpenSuse in the search. Mint is more of a home media user type. Ubuntu has been switching WM's and will change again I think I heard.
 
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Old 01-31-2018, 08:57 PM   #8
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I agree with Jefro. Scientific would be a good choice, as it is based on RHEL, but specifically designed for desktop use.
 
Old 02-01-2018, 10:47 AM   #9
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Fedora has too short a support period and is too prone to experiment to recommend as a production environment. I still remember the chaos when they were the first to switch to Gnome 3 before it was completely ready … As you can see, I'm running CentOS on a desktop. There are many sources of extra software. EPEL contains packages which are ported from Fedora, like Gnucash. If you use anything else, note the advice about setting yum priorities.
https://wiki.centos.org/AdditionalRe...s/Repositories
 
Old 02-02-2018, 08:50 PM   #10
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Go to Ubuntu's source. Debian. Rock solid, nary a whisper from my laptop since switching. Stick with the stable releases and you can't go wrong. If you are comfortable with Mint / *Buntu then Debian isn't a stretch to figure out.
 
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