Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 08:12 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Recently we've seen the releases of both Ubuntu 8.04 'Hardy Heron' as well as Fedora 9 'Sulphur', to mostly positive reviews. PCWorld Australia decided to pitch these two popular Linux distributions against one another.
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Ubuntu is better for me.
by gan17 on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 12:37 UTC
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My first ever post on OSNews.

I've yet to use any version of Fedora, but as a Linux newbie (first started with Gutsy) Ubuntu works well for me. The new 8.04LTS detected every single piece of hardware on my 11" Fujitsu laptop, including the WiFi chipset, card reader and webcam.... which, similar to the article, is one better than Windows which needed a driver for the card reader.

It took a little over 2 hours for me to have a desktop with everything I needed (most of the time was spent downloading updates and packages).

Another thing that helps is the huge amount of online documentation available.

Lastly, I seem to get slightly longer battery life on Ubuntu compared to WinXP.... more so since I ran powertop, but I can't back it up with 'scientific testing' or whatever.

I'll still stick to my Mac Pro for my work since I need Adobe/Corel software and colour management to make a living (digital painter/photographer/retoucher), but as a mobile solution, Ubuntu is heavenly. Now if only someone introduced a touchpad interface/program similar to the recent MacBooks for Linux.

I'm not bashing Fedora in any way, since I've never actually used it, but I did a lot of searching online before I took the Linux plunge, and it seemed much easier to get info/help on Ubuntu compared to any other distro. Who knows,... I may gravitate to another distro as I gain more experience.

Question: I've got the firewall running (firehol) but do I need an antivirus solution (I've never used one for my Mac)? I don't plan to 'share' files with windows systems, anyway.


Edited 2008-06-03 12:53 UTC

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