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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Heh, 'experienced users'
by MattPie on Tue 3rd Jun 2008 17:28 UTC
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Am I the only 'experienced' user that likes Ubuntu because I don't have to tinker with stuff to make it work?

The thing that really got me about Fedora 9 is media support. The first time you to play an MP3, it wants you to download the MP3 codec (some package from a company I've not heard of). If you want to play a movie, it directs you to a package from that same company that you have to PAY for. I know I can go add another yum repo to get the normal open source stuff, but this seems completely bizarre to me.

Ubuntu, of course, just works (ok, you have to download codecs for movies it prompted and nearly automatic).

I've been evaluating both for work. Fedora will be recommended for our 'workstations' that need newer stuff than RHEL/CentOS. It's easier to integrate with our existing RHEL systems and they don't need to be watching movies. Any standalone machines or laptops will likely be getting Ubuntu since it's easier.

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RE: Heh, 'experienced users'
by gilboa on Wed 4th Jun 2008 01:04 in reply to "Heh, 'experienced users'"
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First, the codecs/MP3/etc problem is a legal problem that's being shared by -all- the major U.S. based distributions.
Don't shout at RedHat/Fedora/Ubuntu - shout at your lawmakers.

Second, AFAIR, your claim that the codec problem can be solved automatically under Ubunutu is false - much like Fedora you Ubuntu requires the unofficial RestrictedFormats package to start the process (of gaining the required codecs).

Fedora tried to solve the -legal- problem by giving the user the option (beyond using external repositories) to download legally licensed codecs - but this never remove the option to use unofficial software repositories such as Livna and FreshRPMs.

You may argue that adding these codecs to Fedora is less user-friendly - but that, IMHO, is a matter of personal taste.

- Gilboa

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