Since Fedora 14 Laughlin released since 2nd November and a few weeks apart the released of Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick, Linux users sure would like to know what is the differences and compare between both Linux distros. In my last post, I had review for both distros click HERE.
The latest Fedora 14 and Ubuntu Maverick show only minor differences in standard software. Both use a 2.6.35 kernel, and are based on GNOME 2.32. Productivity software, such as Firefox (3.6) and OpenOffice.org (3.2). Probably the largest difference remains Fedora’s shipping of SELinux for security, as well as its attendant tools. SELinux gives you security that is strong and can be finely tuned, and is unmatched by anything that Ubuntu installs by default.
Fedora 14 continues this tradition by promoting the MeeGo mobile interface in its release notes. Fedora 14 makes largely consists of infrastructure improvements and updates. It will provide a GNUstep development environment, updating to Perl 5.12, updating to Python 2.7, and adding Rakudo Star. Fedora has also adopted a new version of the libjpeg library, libjpeg-turbo, which is still awaiting packaging in Ubuntu.
Fedora 14 will also be the first release to include support for Spice. The Spice project is designed to provide high-quality remote access to virtual desktops, allowing users to run several Linux or Windows clients via QEMU on a single server and display the clients on remote machines. The ability to run many client OSes on a single server and display on remote clients via Virtual Device Interfaces (VDIs) will appeal to large organizations.
However, Ubuntu 10.10 continues its conservative developer tools, with Python 2.6.6 and Perl 5.10 still the defaults. Ubuntu 10.10 release includes a number of improvements to the Ubuntu Software Center and Desktop Integration with Ubuntu One. Ubuntu has also included more refinements of its indicator applets in GNOME and improved the sound controls so that if the user is listening to Rhythmbox, some simple playback controls are included in the drop-down control.
Ubuntu has also worked on refining the Ubiquity installer for Ubuntu 10.10. Whereas, the Fedora Project is trying to tackle more complex storage and so on, Ubuntu is working on hiding the complexity of partitioning disks and dealing with storage as much as possible. Ubuntu now presents a dialog at the beginning of the install suggesting that “for best results” the machine be plugged in, and that the system should be connected to a network. The partitioner has also been simplified, and has a positively Mac-like feel.
Both releases slightly different as the focus of the distributions and projects. Ubuntu 10.10 is a polished consumer OS that is well-suited for users who are new to Linux, or just prefer a desktop system that’s easy to use. Fedora 14, on the other hand for developer approach makes for an OS that is easy enough to use, but better suited for developers or experienced users who want to tinker with technologies before they make an official appearance in RHEL and other distributions.