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.PCWorld was especially satisfied with Ubuntu’s excellent hardware recognition. “Each installation found and recognized all of my hardware without requiring a reboot,” they write, “Even my media card slot, which Windows can never locate a driver for on its own, worked right off the bat.”
When it comes to Fedora, there were a few problems on the X.org side, but what they loved was the support for SELinux. ” Most users will find that the biggest benefit of SELinux is its management of root user authority: The program alerts you when you’ve had root privileges activated for more than a few minutes, so you can minimize your exposure from this vulnerability.”
For users who are already familiar with Linux, Fedora 9 is an excellent choice. Robust security features and installation options make it somewhat more versatile than Ubuntu, which offers a more streamlined (and therefore more restricted) installation. For most users, though, including millions interested in trying Linux for the first time, Fedora lacks the polish and ready-to-run simplicity of its more popular rival.
Ubuntu 8.0.4 offers a level of functionality comparable to that of Mac OS and Windows, from delivery to installation to daily use. Unfortunately, the ties that bind all Linux distributions – primarily a lack of support for major Windows- and Mac-based business, design, and gaming applications – still hold Ubuntu back from mass popularity. For users with such moderate computing needs as Web browsing, e-mail, and basic document creation, however, Hardy is a compelling option.
The article is uninformed about the technologies used in Fedora.
For example, Pulse Audio was first introduced in F8, Ubuntu was a follower. From the wording it would seem it was introduced in F9 following Ubuntu.
PackageKit is not just for yum, it’s for every package manager out there.
Also it seems the hibernation, suspend and overall power management features where not properly tested. That’s a big improvement in F9.
I think the concussions are good, but the rest is far from good.
I am happy to say that F9 is the first time Suspend and Hibernation actually worked on my hardware.
NFORCE4-SLI board with GEFORCE graphics.
on the same laptop and for me Ubuntu gave me less “headaches” to configure/setup my environment.
Fedora brings up very very cool new stuff (ext4/selinux/usb installation/packagekit)… Bleeding edge so to say but the downside was that things didn’t run as smooth as Ubuntu, at least in my case. Is it me or PackageKit doesnt work that well ?
Maybe I got the wrong idea because there was so much buzz around this release. But apart from the problems I had, it’s still a big jump compared to other releases.
Ubuntu on the other hand is better polished and hardware recognition is very nice indeed.
The plus for both is the Java integration (ides/sdks/package) that its great… Cannot get better than the way it is now…
I think each distro had its own audience and niche…
But for everyday use I choose Ubuntu for it.
Fedora = slow, Ubuntu = fast
At least on my computer.