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Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Dear Ubuntu, for the last couple years life has been good. Every time I've shown you to a friend or family member, they've compared you to what they're familiar with--Windows XP or Vista, mostly--and by comparison you've looked brilliant. Yeah, your ugly brown color scheme was a bit off-putting at first, but once people saw how secure, simple, and reliable you were, the response was almost universally positive. But recently, things have changed ..."
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darknexus
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2008-07-15

Won't happen. Fedora's aim is the bleeding edge and a testbed for eventual RHEL features. They don't even attempt to support old versions of the os for long. Perhaps they could eat Ubuntu's lunch if they wanted to, but they don't really want to in my experience. I've always found Fedora to be too unstable, my hardware disagrees with a lot of the RH custom kernel patches it seems. I haven't got a chance to try Fedora 13 though, so perhaps it would work better than the previous ones. Still, on my hardware anyway, Ubuntu's stability so far has murdered Fedora without even a struggle. Bare in mind though that I'm one of the few who, it seems, didn't have any trouble with 9.10 whatsoever and my hardware is a little odd by today's standards (mostly integrated SIS chipsets on this board).

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Jason Bourne Member since:
2007-06-02

Me neither. I didn't have problems with Ubuntu 9.10 at all. Not having with 10.04. I also have used Fedora in other machine, the latest 12 release, without any issues as well.

Fedora has changed a lot. They made mistakes. If this was not for apt-get and debs, they could still be number 1, coming off from Red Hat.

It's not like a Linux distro can't be updated at all after a 6 month life-time. But you're right, your reasons are valid to believe Fedora won't eat Ubuntu's lunch.

Perhaps I should go back to the first love, Slackware or even try FreeBSD now.

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darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Ah, good old Slackware. I cut my teeth on that distro. Sadly though, it's too much of a pain in the ass to get GNOME going on Slackware since Volkerding dropped it. His reasons were valid at the time, Dropline-GNOME was doing it way better. For a while Dropline was probably the most stable GNOME desktop I've ever run. Unfortunately they've fallen very far behind and none of the other GNOME builds are really very good. If you want GNOME don't go with Slack unless you want to compile it yourself.
Still, if you like Slackware and your hardware supports it, you'll probably like FreeBSD a lot. If FreeBSD doesn't work, NetBSD almost certainly will.

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Rahul Member since:
2005-07-06

There aren't many Red Hat custom patches in Fedora. The Fedora kernel team as with the rest of Fedora tries to keep it really close to the upstream sources as much as possible. It is very likely that Fedora has far less non-upstream patches for the kernel compared to other mainstream distributions.

Fedora however often includes the latest kernel before many others and that might be a source of solutions as well as issues.

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Delgarde Member since:
2008-08-19

Won't happen. Fedora's aim is the bleeding edge and a testbed for eventual RHEL features. They don't even attempt to support old versions of the os for long.


Yes, and no. You're right, they don't do LTS releases like Ubuntu do, but that's because they're organised differently. Redhat and Fedora have a greater separation between the money-making RHEL, and the free Fedora. Canonical/Ubuntu don't, but their LTS releases are the closest equivalent.

As to Fedora being a testbed for Enterprise, there's certainly some truth in that, though you make it sound worse than it is. If Fedora is the bleeding edge, that's because they're largely the ones creating that edge - an awful lot of stuff like HAL or NetworkManager started out there, before other distros like Ubuntu picked it up. Technology-wise, they're definitely the leaders...

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