Mar 2, 2021

Ubuntu vs. Fedora: Key Differences

While opting for a VPS plan, one of the biggest challenges faced by site owners is choosing the right Linux distribution. Unlike Windows, Linux has different distros (distributions) which can affect the overall performance of your website. Hence, it is important to choose the right distro for your site. In today’s article, we will talk about two such Linux distributions – Ubuntu and Fedora and compare their differences.

Understanding Ubuntu and Fedora

Developed by a UK-based organization, Ubuntu is a Linux-based OS. It works on smartphones, computers, as well as network servers. It is developed on the principles of open source software development. The developers guarantee security updates as well as support for all Ubuntu releases (from launch till date). It supports most software which are used on Windows like VLC, Chrome, Firefox, etc. and also has an in-built email software to allow the user access to Gmail, Hotmail, etc.

Sponsored by Red Hat, Fedora is a Linux distro which has been developed by the Fedora Project – a community-supported initiative. It is known to be innovative and integrates the latest technologies. It is available in three versions – Workstation (for personal use), Server (for servers), and Atomic (for cloud computing). It offers multiple desktop environments too.

Key Differences between Ubuntu and Fedora

DefinitionIt is an open-source OS and is based on the Debian GNU. Further, it has all the features of a Unix OS along with a customizable GUI. It is primarily designed for personal use but also has a server version.It is an open-source OS based on the kernel structure of the Linux operating system. It has different versions for home use, servers, and cloud computing.
Package ManagerDEB, dpkg, Snap, and Click PackagesYUM, Flatpak, DNF, and RPM Package manager
What software is used?It is based on Debian and uses app-get and .deb files.It is based on RedHat and uses YUM, RPM files, and Flatpak.
Commonly known applicationsLibre Office, Mozilla (Firefox and Thunderbird), Nautilus (the file manager), Evolution, Rhythmbox, etc.Libre Office, Mozilla Firefox Nautilus (the file manager), Evolution, Rhythmbox, etc.
Ease of useFedora is considered to be relatively difficult to use and requires the knowledge of specific commandsUbuntu has been designed keeping user-friendliness in mind (especially beginners)

Summing Up

When you are looking for a Linux VPS Hosting plan, it is important to understand the differences stated above so that you can make the right decision. Remember, Linux offers a whole new world of possibilities but requires the user to understand the OS and use it optimally. Hence, ensure that you are clear about your requirements and the features of the OS before you sign the dotted line. Also, there are several reviews available online comparing Fedora and Ubuntu – our advice – if possible, get your hands on both of them and see for yourself! Consider all aspects before buying the VPS hosting plan. Good Luck!

By Ruby