Linked by Fabian M. Schindler on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 18:53 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Linux distros are advancing everywhere. Not only servers but also on the desktop pc and notebooks. There are wild discussions, if Linux-Distributions are ready for serious business work or personal use. This critical review will deal with two long awaited Linux-distributions, Fedora Core 3 and Ubuntus Warty Warhog. Why these two? Because both feature Gnome 2.8 and it would not be a comparision on equal terms to compare Gnome to e.g KDE. Also, both use kernel 2.6.8+ and have their very own theme for the default desktop. Bluecurve for Fedora and Human for Ubuntu.
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by Anonymous on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 19:41 UTC

Fedora is nice out of the box. So is Ubuntu. Ubuntu uses deb packages. Fedora uses rpm.

Ubuntu is everything you loved about Debian only with more up-to-date packages and built for the desktop.

Also, if you want updated packages in Ubuntu, just use the hoary repositories. Hoary isn't like rawhide. It is much more stable. For those that know Debian stuff, when people from that community say "unstable" you know that means "packages are updated a lot" more than "your computer will crash a lot". In 5 months, when both will probably be looking at releasing an updated version in a month, a computer kept up to date with Ubuntu hoary will look a lot better than one left with the packages included in FC3.

Most importantly, the Fedora people have complained about the reviewer bashing them over not supporting things like MP3. Newsflash: Ubuntu doesn't support MP3 either (although it can be installed from the multiverse repository).

I also like the emphasis that Ubuntu has on reusable work. Fedora really likes making its own tools. Ubuntu seems more committed to contributing to tools like Gnome's new networking conviguration program. Being led by a group of Debian and Gnome developers, that sense of cooperation was probably a given.

There are nice things to Fedora. New users will appreciate the graphical installer (which is very comforting), graphical boot, and RedHat sponsorship (many people know the name RH and will be more comfortable with it than just any Linux distro). Fedora also has bluecurve (which I have installed on my Ubuntu installation). I <3 bluecurve. It reminds me of the Classic Mac OS with its platinum interface with blue/purple accents. RH also did a very good job with their icons. They're beautiful.

For me, Ubuntu makes better decisions than Fedora. Deb over RPM. Standard tools over seperate ones. Maintenence of an up-to-date branch vs. upgrading only when a new release is ready. Things like that. Fedora/RH aren't bad. In fact, compared to most Linux distributions which do little to nothing to give back to the community, RH/Fedora has given a lot back and generally supports better policies than most (like not including MP3 support).