Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 31st May 2007 17:46 UTC, submitted by anonymous
Fedora Core Fedora 7 has been released. The release features GNOME 2.18, KDE 3.5.6, fast user switching, hotplugging of display devices, a new theme, kvm, the exprimental Nouveau driver, and much more. Read the release notes, and download or view screenshots.
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Not starting a war
by brewmastre on Thu 31st May 2007 18:51 UTC
brewmastre
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2006-08-01

Not trying to start a Debian v. Fedora war or anything, but what does Fedora offer that Debian doesn't? I have only used Fedora once for a very short time, it seemed slow so I blew it away and reinstalled Ubuntu. I guess I was just wondering if people could give me, and probably others, some insight into what makes Fedora as popular as it is. Thanks.

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RE: Not starting a war
by MightyPenguin on Thu 31st May 2007 19:03 in reply to "Not starting a war"
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2005-11-18

http://polishlinux.org/choose/comparison?distro1=Fedora&distro2=Deb...
A little dated (FC5) but probably still largely true.

I personally skipped down to the security section. That's where I find the biggest differences between Fedora and other distros.

"(8) SELinux is included in the default install. Fedora Core offers a whole bunch of extra security features like Exec-Shield, Compile Time Buffer Checks, ELF, Data Hardening, Restricted Kernel Memory access and more."

Few other distros have that many security features. (you hear me ubuntu?)

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RE[2]: Not starting a war
by aquila_deus on Sat 2nd Jun 2007 14:34 in reply to "RE: Not starting a war"
aquila_deus Member since:
2005-10-02

Few other distros have that many security features. (you hear me ubuntu?)

windows? ;)

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RE: Not starting a war
by B. Janssen on Thu 31st May 2007 19:06 in reply to "Not starting a war"
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2006-10-11

brewmastre: Not trying to start a Debian v. Fedora war or anything, but what does Fedora offer that Debian doesn't? I have only used Fedora once for a very short time, it seemed slow so I blew it away and reinstalled Ubuntu. I guess I was just wondering if people could give me, and probably others, some insight into what makes Fedora as popular as it is. Thanks.

Fedora 7 is more up-to-date than Debian Etch and more concerned about user freedom than Ubuntu 7.04. Fedora's package management is RPM-based and yum is very slow compared to Debian's deb-based apt-get. Booting speed and general snappyness seem to be behind Debian Etch, but everything is very polished and reliable. Everything so far seems to be configurable with a GUI tool, if stuff like this is important for you.

The release notes page highlights some other very advanced features of Fedora, e. g. the Fedora Directory Server, that are lacking in Etch. I would say that on the desktop you cannot get a better mainstream distribution at the moment -- and I'm an old Debian hand. For the server stay with Debian or CentOS.

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RE[2]: Not starting a war
by Xaero_Vincent on Thu 31st May 2007 20:08 in reply to "RE: Not starting a war"
Xaero_Vincent Member since:
2006-08-18

Fedora's package management is RPM-based and yum is very slow compared to Debian's deb-based apt-get.

Probably not anymore as of Fedora 7.

Yum was never really slow for me but I cannot complain about it being significantly faster now. I heard someone say about 7x faster at solving dependencies than F6 Yum.

Edited 2007-05-31 20:12

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RE: Not starting a war
by njpatel on Thu 31st May 2007 19:16 in reply to "Not starting a war"
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2007-02-28

Not trying to start a Debian v. Fedora war or anything, but what does Fedora offer that Debian doesn't? I have only used Fedora once for a very short time, it seemed slow so I blew it away and reinstalled Ubuntu. I guess I was just wondering if people could give me, and probably others, some insight into what makes Fedora as popular as it is. Thanks.


Since you asked so kindly ;) , I'll list a few things that has/will always keep me with Fedora (in no particular order):

* It's about as rock-solid as a desktop-based distribution can get. They integrate/develop many security-based programs into Fedora. They have an exceptional package-review policy, which has never failed *me* during an update.

* Fedora is free in the true meaning of free. Yes, that means a basic desktop (compared to say, Ubuntu) for most people, but its easy to find/install proprietary-licensed packages.

* They keep Gnome as close to the default as possible, and its easy to figure out what they have patched and why. Also, every patch is quick to be sent upstream.

* Rpm/Yum is my friend, although I acknowledge it isn't everybody's ;) .

Yes, it has things about it that annoy me, but seriously, doesn't every distro have something that could be done better?

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RE: Not starting a war
by eelco on Thu 31st May 2007 19:25 in reply to "Not starting a war"
eelco Member since:
2005-07-06

Well, since both Fedora and Ubuntu are mainstream Gnome centric Linux distros, the difference is probably not that big. I think the biggest difference is the community. Ubuntu has quite a following. Even though i use Fedora, i find myself reading the Ubuntu forum and wiki quite a lot whenever i need to fix something.

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