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Fedora vs Linux Mint: What are the differences?

Developers describe Fedora 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. On the other hand, Linux Mint is detailed as "The most popular desktop Linux distribution and the 3rd most widely used home operating system behind Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac OS". The purpose of Linux Mint is to produce a modern, elegant and comfortable operating system which is both powerful and easy to use.

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

"Great for developers " is the primary reason why developers consider Fedora over the competitors, whereas "Simple, Fast, Comfort and Easy to Use" was stated as the key factor in picking Linux Mint.

According to the StackShare community, Fedora has a broader approval, being mentioned in 12 company stacks & 21 developers stacks; compared to Linux Mint, which is listed in 3 company stacks and 10 developer stacks.

Decisions about Fedora and Linux Mint

I liked manjaro a lot, the huge support it has and the variety of tools it provides is just awesome. But due to its parent platform being Arch Linux it has bleeding-edge technology and that meaning, we get updated 'daily', and if we keep updating the system daily, due to the bugs in the recent updates the system sometimes used to crash, this made the OS really unstable. However, one can avoid such crashes using periodical and careful system/package updates. I now use LinuxMint which is based on Ubuntu, and this OS is completely stable with reliable(mostly tested) updates. And, since this OS is backed up by UBUNTU the concerns/questions one can encounter while using the OS can be easily rectified using the UBUNTU community, which is pretty good. Though this is backed up on UBUNTU it most certainly does NOT include the proprietary stuff of UBUNTU, which is on the bright side of the OS. That's it! Happy Computing.

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Pros of Fedora
Pros of Linux Mint
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    Great for developers
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    Great integration with system tools
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    Represents the future of rhel/centos
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    Good release schedule
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    Docker integration
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    Great for ops teams
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    Has SeLinux
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    Latest packages
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    Updated with Bleeding-edge software
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    Python distribution
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    Complies with International Standard
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    Awesome community
  • 14
    Simple, Fast, Comfort and Easy to Use
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    Good for beginners
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    Free to use
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    Out of the box
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  • 1
    Good software support

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Cons of Fedora
Cons of Linux Mint
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    Bugs get fixed slowly from kernel side
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    Much less support from Wiki
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    Less packages in official repository
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    A bit complicated
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    Slightly difficult to install for beginners
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    Easy to mess up with a few settings (like the panel)
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    Security breaches
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    Idiots can break it because it is open source

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