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Fedora vs Linux Mint vs Ubuntu: What are the differences?

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  1. Desktop Environment: Fedora uses the GNOME desktop environment by default, which provides a clean and modern user interface. Linux Mint uses the Cinnamon desktop environment, which offers a more traditional desktop experience. Ubuntu offers different official flavors with different desktop environments such as GNOME, KDE, Xfce, and more.

  2. Package Management: Fedora uses the DNF package manager, which is a successor of YUM. It provides a robust package management system for easy installation, updating, and removal of software. Linux Mint and Ubuntu both use the APT package management system, which is known for its ease of use and vast software repository.

  3. Release Cycle: Fedora follows a short release cycle of approximately six months, which means newer versions with updated software are released frequently. Linux Mint releases new long-term support (LTS) versions every two years, providing stability and security updates for a longer duration. Ubuntu follows a similar release cycle to Linux Mint, also offering long-term support versions.

  4. Customizations and Themes: Linux Mint distinguishes itself by providing a unique and customized desktop environment with a variety of themes and options to choose from. It focuses on providing a polished and user-friendly interface out of the box. Fedora and Ubuntu, on the other hand, follow a more standard approach with less customization by default.

  5. Community and Support: Ubuntu has a large and active community, making it easy to find support and documentation for troubleshooting. Fedora also has a strong community but may have slightly fewer resources compared to Ubuntu. Linux Mint has a smaller community but provides extensive user guides and documentation to assist users.

  6. Default Software and Use Case: Fedora is often considered more suitable for developers and advanced users, as it provides a selection of cutting-edge software. Linux Mint aims to offer a stable and beginner-friendly experience, concentrating on essentials like web browsing and multimedia playback. Ubuntu provides a balance between ease of use, stability, and a wide range of software for both beginners and advanced users.

In summary, key differences between Fedora, Linux Mint, and Ubuntu include their choice of desktop environment, package management systems, release cycles, customizations and themes, community and support, as well as the default software and use case focus. These factors contribute to the unique experiences offered by each Linux distribution.

Decisions about Fedora, Linux Mint, and Ubuntu
Michaël SCHERER
Fullstack Dev at Synovo Group · | 10 upvotes · 41K views
Chose
UbuntuUbuntu
over
WindowsWindows

Ubuntu always let people do what they want to do, it pushes its users to know what they are doing, what they want and helps them learn what they ignore.

Ubuntu is simple, works out-of-the-box after installation and has a incredibly huge community behind.

Ubuntu is lightweight and open, in the way, that the user has access to free AND efficient applications (most of the time, without ads) and, even if learning its folder structure is challenging, once done, you are really able to call yourself "someone who knows what is in your computer".

Windows, in comparison, is heavy, tends to make decision for you and always enable tracking application by default. grr

It has a simple user interface, of course, but on the stability point of view, it is hard to compete with something simpler (even with less features).

Personal preference : I prefer something simple that works 99% of the time, than a full-featured auto-magical system that works 50% of the time (and ask if the good version of the driver is really installed...)

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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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Ubuntu is much more faster over Windows and helps to get software and other utilities easier and within a short span of time compared to Windows.

Ubuntu helps to get robustness and resiliency over Windows. Ubuntu runs faster than Windows on every computer that I have ever tested. LibreOffice (Ubuntu's default office suite) runs much faster than Microsoft Office on every computer that I have ever tested.

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Jerome/Zen Quah
Chose
UbuntuUbuntu
over
CentOSCentOS

Global familiarity, free, widely used, and as a debian distro feels more comfortable when rapidly switching between local macOS and remote command lines.

CentOS does boast quite a few security/stability improvements, however as a RHEL-based distro, differs quite significantly in the command line and suffers from slightly less frequent package updates. (Could be a good or bad thing depending on your use-case and if it is public facing)

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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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Simon Aronsson
Developer Advocate at k6 / Load Impact · | 7 upvotes · 268.4K views

At the moment of the decision, my desktop was the primary place I did work. Due to this, I can't have it blow up on me while I work. While Arch is interesting and powerful, Ubuntu offers (at least for me) a lot more stability and lets me focus on other things than maintaining my own OS installation.

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Pros of Fedora
Pros of Linux Mint
Pros of Ubuntu
  • 22
    Great for developers
  • 10
    Great integration with system tools
  • 10
    Represents the future of rhel/centos
  • 9
    Good release schedule
  • 7
    Reliable
  • 6
    Fast
  • 5
    Docker integration
  • 4
    Has SeLinux
  • 3
    Latest packages
  • 3
    Updated with Bleeding-edge software
  • 3
    Great for ops teams
  • 3
    Awesome community
  • 2
    Python distribution
  • 2
    Complies with International Standard
  • 15
    Simple, Fast, Comfort and Easy to Use
  • 14
    Stable
  • 12
    Elegant
  • 11
    Good for beginners
  • 10
    Free to use
  • 3
    Out of the box
  • 3
    Reliable
  • 1
    Good software support
  • 230
    Free to use
  • 96
    Easy setup for testing discord bot
  • 57
    Gateway Linux Distro
  • 54
    Simple interface
  • 9
    Don't need driver installation in most cases
  • 6
    Open Source
  • 6
    Many active communities
  • 3
    Software Availability
  • 3
    Easy to custom
  • 2
    Many flavors/distros based on ubuntu
  • 1
    Lightweight container base OS
  • 1
    Great OotB Linux Shell Experience

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Cons of Fedora
Cons of Linux Mint
Cons of Ubuntu
  • 3
    Bugs get fixed slowly from kernel side
  • 2
    Much less support from Wiki
  • 2
    Systemd
  • 2
    Boring
  • 1
    Less packages in official repository
  • 1
    A bit complicated
  • 1
    Learning curve for new users
  • 0
    Slightly difficult to install for beginners
  • 3
    Easy to mess up with a few settings (like the panel)
  • 2
    Security breaches
  • 1
    Idiots can break it because it is open source
  • 5
    Demanding system requirements
  • 4
    Adds overhead and unnecessary complexity over Debian
  • 2
    Snapd installed by default
  • 1
    Systemd

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