[TriLUG] Ubuntu vs Fedora, was Re: Linux Distribution for server Opinions
rvestal at trilug.org
Mon Jan 26 13:13:41 EST 2009
In the past, I've used apt4rpm so I could have apt on Fedora. Yum is
really quite easy to move to if you're used to apt. Yum uses most of
the command line functions of apt (install, remove, list, etc), and
adds functions that I think apt lacks. For example, whatprovides is a
nice function ("yum whatprovides foo.so.0" ) will tell you what
package in your repository has that file. I'm trying yum under Debian
Etch in a VM to see how well it works.
One note on the repositories:
CentOS follows the same guide lines that Red Hat follows with their
product, so this means that if it's not gpl'ed, it will not be in the
default repositories. Add on repositories such as rpmforge, dag weers,
EPEL, etc will have most of the same packages as Debian's non-free
On Jan 23, 2009, at 11:29 AM, Paul McLanahan wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 23, 2009 at 11:08 AM, Maxwell Spangler
> <maxpublic08 at maxwellspangler.com> wrote:
>> I've been using Redhat/Fedora for a very long time and recently
>> installed Ubuntu in a virtual machine just to poke around.
>> I really couldn't tell much of a difference.. So I'm curious from
>> of you who have really compared the two: What significant differences
>> are there?
> I prefer Ubuntu mostly because I'm comfortable with the layout and the
> package manager. I'm a big fan of apt (aptitude), and in my limited
> experience w/ managing RPMs and even with yum, I just haven't been as
> happy. It really comes down to personal preference and what you first
> became comfortable with. I've used Fedora before and with much
> success, but given the choice I use Ubuntu.
> I will say that I believe Ubuntu is easier to learn how to use for
> someone new to Linux. I think it does a nice job of easing you into
> the whole idea of Linux, and then also getting out of your way when
> you want to start poking around under the hood, compiling kernels, and
> using a different window manager.
> All that being said, they're both great, and you're right that there
> isn't a whole lot of difference, though you'll hear a lot of argument
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