Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 08:12 UTC, submitted by stonyandcher
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y Recently we've seen the releases of both Ubuntu 8.04 'Hardy Heron' as well as Fedora 9 'Sulphur', to mostly positive reviews. PCWorld Australia decided to pitch these two popular Linux distributions against one another.
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Ubuntu is better for me.
by gan17 on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 12:37 UTC
gan17
Member since:
2008-06-03

My first ever post on OSNews.

I've yet to use any version of Fedora, but as a Linux newbie (first started with Gutsy) Ubuntu works well for me. The new 8.04LTS detected every single piece of hardware on my 11" Fujitsu laptop, including the WiFi chipset, card reader and webcam.... which, similar to the article, is one better than Windows which needed a driver for the card reader.

It took a little over 2 hours for me to have a desktop with everything I needed (most of the time was spent downloading updates and packages).

Another thing that helps is the huge amount of online documentation available.

Lastly, I seem to get slightly longer battery life on Ubuntu compared to WinXP.... more so since I ran powertop, but I can't back it up with 'scientific testing' or whatever.

I'll still stick to my Mac Pro for my work since I need Adobe/Corel software and colour management to make a living (digital painter/photographer/retoucher), but as a mobile solution, Ubuntu is heavenly. Now if only someone introduced a touchpad interface/program similar to the recent MacBooks for Linux.

I'm not bashing Fedora in any way, since I've never actually used it, but I did a lot of searching online before I took the Linux plunge, and it seemed much easier to get info/help on Ubuntu compared to any other distro. Who knows,... I may gravitate to another distro as I gain more experience.

Question: I've got the firewall running (firehol) but do I need an antivirus solution (I've never used one for my Mac)? I don't plan to 'share' files with windows systems, anyway.

Cheers.

Edited 2008-06-03 12:53 UTC

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RE: Ubuntu is better for me.
by dlundh on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 12:46 in reply to "Ubuntu is better for me."
dlundh Member since:
2007-03-29

I don't think you need antivirus, I've certainly never used it on any Linux I've run.

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BigDaddy Member since:
2006-08-10

I would agree with you, unless he is running WINE for known target applications (Office macro's, etc). Then maybe an anti-virus just in case. Not for his own infection, but so he can't pass on anything to a friend.

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RE: Ubuntu is better for me.
by apoclypse on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 13:13 in reply to "Ubuntu is better for me."
apoclypse Member since:
2007-02-17

You usually don't need an antivirus app for Linux (or for OSX for that matter, just don't run Safari). If you are adamant about getting one then there are a couple in the repository. The best one imo is clamav because they update regularly, the downside is the awful UI. The easiest way to install it since you don't seem to be all too familiar with Ubuntu is to open add/remove programs and do a search for virus scanner. Check the box on the left and it should be good to go. Note it will slow down you startup a bit (not by much though) but its added a new startup process so you may notice your startup taking a bit more than usual.

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mnemonics Member since:
2006-04-21

or for OSX for that matter, just don't run Safari

In a world where unauthorized remote access to OS is getting harder, it's well known that the trend is to use cross-plateform application as an attack vector (firefox, flash, VLC, "you-name-it"...).

Could you please give an example of a real threat (no proof of concept) concerning Safari that haven't been patched already ?

Sure enough, Safari is no more bullet-proof than other web browsers, but please explain how it is more insecure than say firefox ?

AFAIK Firefox users are not safer than Safari users...

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chemical_scum Member since:
2005-11-02

You usually don't need an antivirus app for Linux (or for OSX for that matter, just don't run Safari). If you are adamant about getting one then there are a couple in the repository. The best one imo is clamav because they update regularly, the downside is the awful UI.


Clamav like all Linux antivirus apps is primarily directed against Windows viruses. You only need it if you are running a Linux mailserver or fileserver for Windows clients.

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