There are various Linux distributions now available, thanks to Linus Torvalds for making the Linux kernel free and open-source. However, for a newcomer who is just about to start learning using a Linux operating system, choosing the right Linux operating system from the wide array of choices can be confusing. In the following article, we are going to discuss about Ubuntu 16.04 and Fedora 24. Of course, Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution, but Fedora is the fourth most popular and is used by Linus Torvalds himself. So, how do the two Linux distributions compare against each other, and which is the most suitable one for you?
Why Use Ubuntu 16.04
Ubuntu has become the most popular Linux distribution because it was the first that makes a user-friendly Linux desktop environment. It is based on Debian, which is a solid distro with the biggest repository; so almost everything great about Debian and the popular .deb formats also applies on Ubuntu. But it has also improved by providing proprietary drivers, even more software, a user-friendly installation process, and some visual polishing. Ubuntu 16.04 is now using Unity as the default user interface, which is generally more user-friendly. Many people recommend that a beginner with little to no background in Linux should start with Ubuntu because of the user friendliness.
Ubuntu 16.04 is also a great choice for product development, such as embedded systems and web servers. This is because Ubuntu offers much longer support than Fedora. Ubuntu provides support for nine months for each version, and releases the LTS (Long Term Support) version once every two years. An LTS version is supported for five years after its release.
Why Use Fedora 24
Fedora 24 uses the GNOME desktop environment. Though Fedora was initially based on Red Hat, nowadays the two are sharing supports and features with each other. Even though Fedora is not suitable for product development, as the support for each version only goes for thirteen months since the release and it has no LTS releases, Fedora is preferred by many people who want to get the latest technologies and apps and languages. Fedora continually ships new kernels in the release cycle. This is great because bugs and broken features get fixed very quickly. Fedora has an extremely active and cooperative developer team, and always uses the latest version of the Linux kernel. These are apparently the primary reasons why Linus Torvalds uses it.
|Ubuntu 16.04||Fedora 24|
|- Unity desktop environment||- GNOME desktop environment|
|- Came from Debian||- Came from Red Hat|
|- Long support time, especially the LTS releases||- Short support time, no LTS releases|
|- Slow kernel releases||- Fast and regular kernel releases, allowing immediate fixes and supports|
Fedora 24 is a great choice if you prefer to use an operating system that is always up to date with the latest technologies, apps, languages, and Linux kernel version. It is also great because fixes and supports are provided very quickly. However, if you prefer an operating system that has a long support time for product development, you should choose Ubuntu 16.04, especially the LTS version.