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Debian vs Fedora: What are the differences?

Developers describe Debian as "The Universal Operating System". Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software. On the other hand, Fedora is detailed as "Operating system based on the Linux kernel, developed by the community-supported Fedora Project". Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.

Debian and Fedora belong to "Operating Systems" category of the tech stack.

"Massively supported " is the primary reason why developers consider Debian over the competitors, whereas "Great for developers " was stated as the key factor in picking Fedora.

esa, Webedia, and Code School are some of the popular companies that use Debian, whereas Fedora is used by Real Softservice, Privia, and Power Challenge AB. Debian has a broader approval, being mentioned in 387 company stacks & 390 developers stacks; compared to Fedora, which is listed in 12 company stacks and 21 developer stacks.

Decisions about Debian and Fedora
Dimelo Waterson

Coming from a Debian-based Linux background, using the Ubuntu base image for my Docker containers was a natural choice. However, the overhead, even on the impressively-slimmed Hub images, was hard to justify. Seeking to create images that were "just right" in size, without unused packages or dependencies, I made the switch to Alpine.

Alpine's modified BusyBox has a surprising amount of functionality, and the package repository contains plenty of muslc-safe versions of commonly-used packages. It's been a valuable exercise in doing more with less, and, as Alpine is keen to point out, an image with fewer packages makes for a more sustainable environment with a smaller attack surface.

My only regret is that Alpine's documentation leaves a lot to be desired.

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Pros of Debian
Pros of Fedora
  • 50
    Massively supported
  • 46
    Stable
  • 18
    Reliable
  • 7
    Turnkey linux use it
  • 7
    Aptitude
  • 5
    It is free
  • 5
    Customizable
  • 4
    Works on all architectures
  • 17
    Great for developers
  • 8
    Represents the future of rhel/centos
  • 7
    Good release schedule
  • 6
    Great integration with system tools
  • 5
    Reliable
  • 4
    Fast
  • 3
    Docker integration
  • 2
    Latest packages
  • 1
    Awesome community
  • 1
    Has SeLinux
  • 1
    Complies with International Standard
  • 1
    Python distribution
  • 1
    Updated with Bleeding-edge software
  • 1
    Great for ops teams

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Cons of Debian
Cons of Fedora
  • 9
    Old versions of software
  • 1
    Can be difficult to set up on vanilla Debian
  • 1
    Bugs get fixed slowly from kernel side
  • 1
    Much less support from Wiki
  • 1
    Boring
  • 1
    Systemd
  • 1
    Less packages in official repository
  • 1
    A bit complicated
  • 0
    Slightly difficult to install for beginners

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What is Debian?

Debian systems currently use the Linux kernel or the FreeBSD kernel. Linux is a piece of software started by Linus Torvalds and supported by thousands of programmers worldwide. FreeBSD is an operating system including a kernel and other software.

What is Fedora?

Fedora is a Linux-based operating system that provides users with access to the latest free and open source software, in a stable, secure and easy to manage form. Fedora is the largest of many free software creations of the Fedora Project. Because of its predominance, the word "Fedora" is often used interchangeably to mean both the Fedora Project and the Fedora operating system.

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Ubuntu
Ubuntu is an ancient African word meaning ‘humanity to others’. It also means ‘I am what I am because of who we all are’. The Ubuntu operating system brings the spirit of Ubuntu to the world of computers.
CentOS
The CentOS Project is a community-driven free software effort focused on delivering a robust open source ecosystem. For users, we offer a consistent manageable platform that suits a wide variety of deployments. For open source communities, we offer a solid, predictable base to build upon, along with extensive resources to build, test, release, and maintain their code.
Linux Mint
The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.
Arch Linux
A lightweight and flexible Linux distribution that tries to Keep It Simple.
openSUSE
The openSUSE project is a worldwide effort that promotes the use of Linux everywhere. openSUSE creates one of the world's best Linux distributions, working together in an open, transparent and friendly manner as part of the worldwide Free and Open Source Software community.
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