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 Fedora Core 3 vs. Ubuntu 4.10
by my_name on Tue 23rd Nov 2004 22:13 UTC

> The other big problem area for Fedora was stability. Trying to install the nvidia drivers from the nvidia installer on Fedora Core 3 resulted in a hang.

It's a NVidia bug. Period. Update Ubuntu to 2.6.9 and you will have the same problem.

> Mplayer wouldn't play Quicktime movies with the proper audio.

Update to the cvs version of MPlayer. Not a Fedora bug.

> I couldn't get java to work with Firefox at all, it would crash the browser as soon as a java page was opened.

Java bug (something related to PIC. Not sure). Again, not a Fedora bug.

btw, Fedora is _FREE_ and does not depend on proprietary software. Never Fedora will adjust to proprietary software. The evolution of Linux does not have to depend on proprietary software. Think about 4kstack.

> When trying to use Reiserfs, a fresh install ended up with a corrupted /etc/passwd and corrupted /etc/group file, which meant I couldn't create a non-root user.

A reiserfs bug (reminber that Red Hat only support ext3).
Reiserfs does not provide extended attribut. jfs, xfs, ext3 provide extended attribut suitable for SeLinux.
Again, not a Fedora bug. It's a Reiserfs misfeature.

> This OS was just plain buggy.

It is not. Try to run Linux programs on Windows.
Fedora push SeLinux and does not support Reiserfs nor proprietary software. If you don't like this, use SuSE.

> Ubuntu is still on their first release.

Ubuntu have Xorg ?
Ubuntu have SeLinux ?
Ubuntu have all the tools to support ACL ?
Ubuntu support UTF8 ?
Ubuntu have ext3resize_online ?
Ubuntu have ext3 reservation ?
Ubuntu have KDE 3.3 ?
Ubuntu have zero-conf ?
Ubuntu use pam_console ?
Ubuntu use gcc 3.4 ?

No, no, no, no, no, no, ....

Ubuntu is not Fedora. Ubuntu is fare behind Fedora.
Compare Ubuntu to xandros or Linspire if you like this kind of distribution.