Saturday, November 12, 2011

Ubuntu vs other Linux Distros




As per Distrowatch.com, I have taken 4 Linux distro.(Top 5 Linux Distro) to compare with Ubuntu.

Ubuntu
Fedora
OpenSUSE
Debian
Mint
Installation
Very Easy
Easy
Easy
Easy
Same as Ubuntu
Hardware Support
Large no. of hardware support(Dell is official sponsor of Ubuntu)
Lesser than Ubuntu and mainly Red hat tested devices
Lesser than Ubuntu
Larger support
Same as ubuntu
Community support
Second after debian
After Ubuntu(3)
Less than Ubuntu…(3)
Its best than ever in world
Very less
Desktop**
Unity launcher
KDE,GNOME shell
KDE,GNOME shell
GNOME 2.3
GNOME 2.3
Performance
2
2
2
1
2
Package Management
DEB
(1)
RPM
(3)
DEB
(2)
DEB
(2)
DEB
(2)
Security
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(*)=Indicates Ranking

**Desktop Environment Comparisons:
KDE:
  • Very Popular Desktop Env.
  • More functionality,Highly customizable
  • Require more Video RAM
  • Widgets support, High Animation

GNOME Shell
  • New, cutting edge Desktop Env., Started with GNOME 3(Fedora/Open suse).
  • Compact Look
  • Less RAM Requirement after clean boot
  • Its similar in look of Ubuntu’s unity launcher but given functionality is diff.
  • Inbuilt with Fedora 15(Love Lock)
Unity Launcher
  • New, cutting edge Desktop Env. ,Started with Ubuntu Netbook Remix.
  • High RAM Requirement after clean boot
  • Require more time to get habited with it. So people are going with GNOME 2.3 /LXFE/KDE environment.
  •  Inbuilt with Ubuntu 11.04(Natty Narwhal)
GNOME 2.3
  • Very Popular and famous Desktop Env.
  • Compact and very easy to use.
  • Less Video RAM and RAM requirement
  • Inbuilt with Linux Mint 11 and many distro.

There are also other Desktop environment like LXDE(Light weight X11 Desktop Environment),XFCE etc. which is minimal desktop environment ,used to improve speed/performance.

Source:
Linux Format Magazine (UK Edition –Aug.2011)

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