Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
I wanted to take a moment and touch on Fedora and the Red Hat based distributions to distinguish the differences among them. I am a huge fan of the Red Hat based distributions. So what is the difference between them?
Let's start with Fedora, which is Red Hat's free version. Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat and Red Hat developers, and is a cutting edge distribution. This means, that the very latest version of the kernel, and all software, is included. While getting the latest version of all of this software sounds appealing, it can also introduce some bugs and other problems that need to be ironed out. But, even with this said, since Fedora has such a huge user base and well backed development, bugs are usually fixed quickly and I consider the distribution very stable. I like the fact that I'm getting the latest and greatest software, because that means that I can easily get the latest version of Firefox, Thunderbird, OpenOffice (LibreOffice), and all other software included with the distribution. What Fedora lacks, is proprietary software. And this is because Red Hat tries to adhere to the original ideas of free software, which disregards proprietary products. Red Hat therefore does not release proprietary software within its distributions, which includes Fedora of course.