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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Re: My take on...
by SadUbuntuUser on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 21:37 UTC

@Chris Dunphy

Fedora desperately needs an up-to-date non-free yum or apt repository that at least contains things like mp3 support and nvidia/ati drivers (within a few days to a week of a release, not a month later). I don't mind fishing for DMCA (in the US) infringing packages like libdvdcss, but come on, make it easier to install non-free drivers. Considering that Ubuntu ships with the nvidia drivers in their restricted repository, and they also have a great Restricted Formats Wiki Page which has easy to follow instructions to install the other stuff you need for multimedia.

Unfortunately, that too is a legal gray area. Which is why Fedora (being RedHat sponsored) will never be involved in it, and I am very greatful for this. People need to get through their thick skulls that there is a legal danger in doing what many distributions do, even hosting or giving instructions on how to use software that may be considered illegal or patent infringing (with prior knowledge, don't give me the, well this could infringe, because that doesn't legally count...) opens up a legal can of worms.

Just because Distro X does it, does not mean it's ok. RedHat being a large corporation is like a giant legal bullseye, especially with SCO and Microsoft roaming around looking for Open Source companies to make an example out of. They're smart to keep far away from anything legally questionable.

To give you an idea how bad this is, consider that it took 30 minutes to get Ubuntu fully usable, wheras it took days to figure out how to get Fedora there, and I never fully did (see java and mplayer bugs below). This was the first big advantage that Ubuntu had over Fedora. Even with free packages,

It took me 30 minutes to get Fedora fully useable, so pish posh. It's different for everyone.

Fedora was missing applications like Bluefish. Inexusable.

To you maybe. In my case Ubuntu constantly randomly hard locked on my AMD64 system while Fedora does not. That's inexusable to me, especially when the resolution to my bug was to basically wait for the next release (since "X.org fixes that").

Besides, almost every distribution is missing someone's "favourite" piece of software. So let's moving on to the real problems and ignore pithy things like this.

Nevermind the fact that it's call Fedora *Core* for a reason. They do not intend to provide as many packages as other distributions.