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Fedora 14 vs. Ubuntu Maverick: Distinct Differences

Nov 02, 2010, 15:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Bruce Byfield)

"For several years, users' experience in Linux has depended more on the desktop than the distribution. Fedora 14 and Ubuntu 10.10 (Maverick), conveniently released within a few weeks of each other, do little to challenge that assertion. Changes are occurring in the back ends, but, from a users' perspective, both these recent releases are hard to review because the interfaces have barely changed.

"However, comparing these recent releases does show some distinct differences in emphasis that might affect your decision about which one to use. The difference is not just that Ubuntu is more commercial, but that it also modifies what it ships far more than Fedora, and, increasingly, tends to be developed with the assumptions that users will be content to work in the ways that the software dictates.

"As contemporaries, Fedora 14 and Ubuntu 10.10 provide an apt comparison. In past releases, the two distributions have been the most downloaded distributions on Distrowatch -- although Ubuntu usually has 20-40% more downloads -- and there is no reason to think these latest releases will be much different."

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