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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Fedora Core 3
by my_name on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 20:52 UTC

> The only thing that surprised here was the partitioning tool. On distrowatch, ReiserFS was mentioned as a supported filesystem. But the partitioning tool does not offer the option of using ReiserFS but only gives you the option of using ext2 and ext3

FC3 _support_ ext3. Red Hat have developers which really understand ext3 and can _really_ support it. btw, Red Hat add ext2online_resize and ext3_reservation to Linux 2.6 . Again,

You can install FC3 with reiserfs with :
- "linux reiserfs selinux=0"
reiserfs does not support extented attribut.
Jfs :
- "linux jfs"
xfs :
- "linux xfs"

Do you think it's a good idea to propose many FS to a new comer ?

> Ubuntu comes with a text-install (same as the "new" Debian text-installer) which is not bad at all.

Have you try the "expert" method ? It's "horible" and not user-friendly (it the standard debian-installer) :

> You definitely get a bit more control in Ubuntu than in Fedora

Ubuntu does not provide grub password, changing disc order and no lvm support.

> Ubuntu definitely boots faster.

Does Ubuntu support zero-conf ?
Does Ubuntu mount nfs partition ?
Does Ubuntu probe new hardware ?

> OpenOffice starts a bit faster in Fedora and features a nice bluecurve splashscreen.

Fedora use ooo-build from ximian :

> Fedoras OpenOffice crashes the whole (!) system everytime you start to use the spellchecker.

Not here.

> A look on the net revealed that the popular apt-get tool of Debian

apt does not handle epoch and does not support bi-arch (amd64 i386, needed for FC3 AMD64).

> it is quite annoying for end-users who always have to tweak teir box in order e.g. to hear their mp3 collection. Many standard-rpms need to be replaced with the freshrpm repositories in order to use any media.

False for gnome 2.8 (which use gstreamer).
You only have to install gstreamer-plugins-mp3 (

> why does Fedora ship with tools like Totem or Rhythmbox at all, if they are almost completely useless?

Totem and Rhythmbox use gstreamer.
Need ffmeg and dvd plugins for gstreamer (Totem) ?

To be honest, it does not work very well right now. It's work in progress.

> Both distributions come with some gnome-tools for system administration.

False !
Fedora doesn't use gnome-tools for system administration.
Fedora use its own system-config-* tools.

> Thus they are easy to use and no big differences will show up.

Are you serious ?
Fedora :

This tools are Fedora specific (gtk+ and python). All these tools are in the "applications"->"system parameters" gnome menu.

> Adding users in Fedora worked one time and didn't work the next time.
> No real solution was available here.

There are two updates for system-config-users. Have you try them ?

> it would be nice if Fedora would switch to apt-get in the future, as most users prefer it to yum and install it on their system.

Not me.

> In the Gnomes networking-tool, there is a checkbox to deactivate ipv6.

Witch does not exist in Fedora ...