[TriLUG] Ubuntu vs Fedora (for a server)
porter at trilug.org
Fri Jan 23 14:57:49 EST 2009
So far, most of the comments have been about GUI vs shell, and
rpm/yum vs dpkg/apt. However, there is another very important
point that pushes me to the Debian/Ubuntu distro's.
I have seen some packages that require a lot of installation
tweaking on Fedora, where on Debian/Ubuntu they "just work".
For example, BackupPC works on both distros. But under Fedora,
you have to do a lot of tweaking of apache config files to get
security and permissions and perl/cgi set up properly. On
Debian or Ubuntu, you just install it and it's ready to go.
The Debian package managers do a LOT of work to make sure
that the default configurations provide a certain level of
out-of-the-box usability. They change startup scripts,
move config files, and create default setups. In my (very
limited) experience with Fedora, it's not quite so turn-key.
That said, I'd still echo the earlier line: go with what you
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