Fedora vs. Ubuntu: The head-on Comparison

Fedora and Ubuntu are the two of the best operating system from the family of Linux. Both are equally capable of delivering the best-in-class performance to their users.

Linux got its fame among the community of coders and developers and Fedora and Ubuntu are the most widely used operating system of Linux around the World. 

Today in this blog we will be comparing these two masterpieces and will dig-down deep on these two subjects. But if I just start my blog by comparing these two operating systems then the readers who do not have any idea on Linux Distro and their operating systems will get nothing out of this blog.

And I can’t let that happen.

That is why let me give an introduction to both Fedora and Ubuntu first, then we will discuss how they differ from each other in the next section.

Ubuntu- An Overview

Ubuntu is a proud member of the Linux Distro family. The operating system can be operated in three fields, Ubuntu Desktop for personal computer purpose, Ubuntu server for the servers( including the clouds), and the Ubuntu Core for the Internet of Things and robotics. 

Developed under Canonical, Linux Ubuntu is released every six months with long term support(LTS) policy. The latest version released by Ubuntu is 19.04 named ”disco dingo”.

Built on the architecture of Debian, Ubuntu is the beast of computer operating systems. WIth fully-packed security options and super-fast performance, Ubuntu became the most popular for cloud computing. 

Some of the features of Ubuntu include

  • It supports all kinds of software that are supported by other leading operating systems like Windows and Mac.
  • Ubuntu has an office suite called LibreOffice.
  • It comes with an in-built email software called Thunderbird.

Fedora Linux- An Overview

Just like Ubuntu, Fedora is also renowned for its availability of three different areas. 

  • Workstation- For your personal computer.
  • Server- For servers.
  • Atomic- For cloud computing purposes.

Fedora always focuses on innovation and the integration of the latest technologies. GNOME is the key function of Fedora as GNOME is the default desktop background for Fedora and the user interface is controlled by GNOME Shell.  

Developed by Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat, Fedora offers some best in class features for their users. 

Fedora vs Ubuntu- Head-on comparison

Now that you know about the subjects that we are comparing today that is Fedora and Ubuntu. We can now see in detail in what points they differ from each other.

Fedora vs Ubuntu- Specifications

Specs Fedora  Ubuntu 
Based on  Red hat Linux Debian Stable 
Default Desktop environment GNOME Shell GNOME
Supported Architectures I686, amd64, arm, aarch64 amd64
Origin  US Isle of Man 
Package Manager Rpm  dpkg

Fedora vs Ubunt- Pros

As I have mentioned earlier, Fedora and Ubuntu are the beast operating system introduced by Linux Distro. In this section, we will be discussing and comparing some of the pro points. 

Fedora  Ubuntu
RedHat is the 2nd biggest Linux kernel contributor in the world. Fedora operating system is backed by RedHat.
This means the operating system delivers a great working efficiency and it is well fine-tuned. The developers of Fedora have worked effortlessly on the Kernel. 
Ubuntu support is the biggest pro of the Ubuntu operating system. 
As being the most popular OS of the Linux Distros, ubuntu offers a wide range of supports and assistance. 
Fedora uses a bleeding-edge software.
It allows the operating system to test many innovative projects which other Linux Distros can not perform due to the fear of instability. 
Ubuntu offers a wide range of out of the box software. The default apps of Ubuntu covers all the basic needs. 
From music to videos to office applications, Ubuntu has everything. 
The lifetime of the Fedora operating system is very short.
The version X only supported for only one month and then the version X+2 was released. 
This allows the developers to workk freely without any backward compatibility restraints.
One of the best things about Ubuntu is its usability. The developers of Linux has designed the operating system in a way so that everyone can use the OS.
Ubuntu has a smooth interface and design which helps the user to work in a pleasent and clean environment.
Fedora is fully integrated with GNOME. You can say that this is the best integration with GNOME. Ubuntu has no device restrictions. Not only laptops, but ubuntu can also be used in any touchscreen device like mobile devices and tablets.
As Ubuntu provides Long Term Support, so you can use the same OS in different devices. 
Fedora promises fast and stable updates along with a strong commitment to free software philosophy.
It can also be installed in the bad partition of a hard drive.
Ubuntu comes with lots of support, pre-installed software, and applications. 
The smooth downloading and installing process of the OS is quite impressive and can save a load of your time.

Fedora vs Ubuntu- Cons

Despite being the leading operating systems of the world, Fedora and Ubuntu have some con points which you should take a look on. 

So in this section let us see some of the major cons of both Fedora and Ubuntu.

Fedora  Ubuntu
Proprietary drivers are not supported by Fedora. This means that the user can face a lot of problems with the hardware.
In these cases, you will need to download some software from third-party sources that make the hardware work properly.
If compared to other operating systems provided b Linux Distros, Ubuntu requires a high-end system specification to run properly.
GNOME requires a high graphics rendering in order to run smoothly. If you are using Ubuntu then you have to keep all your software and drivers always updated. 

In Fedora, there are tools present that upgrades an old version of Fedora. But you may face some difficulties while upgrading your Fedora into a newer version.
Fedora updates itself twice a year that means every six months you have to go through a long process before upgrading your operating system. 
To use most of the Ubuntu software you may need PPA and that is a nightmare for lots of Ubuntu users.
PPAs can be harmful in some cases as it can potentially distribute malware.
If you are you using a PPA then you must recreate and re-add the same PPA after every major update of the operating system.
Fedora is strictly not for beginners. Unlike Ubuntu, Fedora does not have a user-friendly interface. 
As per to work on Fedora you will need some pre-knowledge on Linux.
Cannonical is the mother platform of Ubuntu. Rather then focusign on the operating system, Cannonical focuses more on making money. 
That is Ubuntu has a built-in traking device in their operating system.
Unlike every other Linux Distros, Fedora is an ever-changing operating system.
Fedora is constantly changing its OS and this is making things worse than before.  
The fact that Ubuntu is unstable is pretty much true. 
Making system updates can disrupt many functions of the operating system and your system too. 
Even Long Term Support(LTS ) cannot be trusted.
Running Fedora on laptops and desktops can be an issue. The operating system is not fast and the Optimus support is terrible. Though Ubuntu is based on Debian Stable, still it is not binary compatible. 
This is due to the different linc versions. ThereforeDebian does not allow to install packages in Ubuntu and vice versa.


It can be concluded that despite having some con points, Fedora and Ubuntu still are the best operating system that Linux Distro has ever offered. 

This article will be a real help to you if you are thinking of using any one of these operating systems for your personal use. Each and every point mentioned above is well researched and true. 

So choose wisely and select the best.