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Why Fedora?

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There are lots of Linux distributions out there. What makes one choose a particular distro over any of the others? I had primarily been an Ubuntu/Debian user for a long time (since 2005), and Slackware before that (although, I do keep Slackware on one old notebook of mine) yet, recently I made the decision to switch to Fedora for good.

So what made me switch?

No, I don't think Ubuntu is bad, or has Linux cooties or anything. It's a good distro if it best meets your needs. There are some really awesome people in the Ubuntu community. A few that come time mind immediately are Jorge Castro, Alan Pope, Jonathan Riddell and of course Jono Bacon. So why did I switch? Well let me start with the Fedora Core Values:

Freedom
Friends
Features
First

Rest here




Why NOT Fedora

One word: Systemd

Replacing Chkconfig and Service with this overly complex POS setup is the stupidest thing they've done to date (yes, way more stupid then promoting Gnome 3).

Rumor is RHEL 7 will be going that route too. If so, they can kiss us goodbye as a customer of over 100 RHEL licenses (for our render farm). We'll move to Debian. If we have to rewrite hundreds of scripts for a craptastic system level change, we might as well write them for a Distro that doesn't make changes for the sake of change.

Wake up RedHat not everything or everybody is moving to Tablets. Your bread and butter is the SERVER market. Lose that and your billion dollar empire will crumble faster then you can say "Ice Weasel".

Vonskippy, the scary thing

Vonskippy, the scary thing (for me at least) is that even with Canonical's struggles there's still no decent competitor to RHEL.
Debian has always had my respect, but they can't really play the same game as RedHat. Ubuntu is trying, but imho they can hardly get close to the clones (well, Centos), let alone RHEL itself.
So systemd sucks, but though I hate this change myself I get a feeling that eventually we'll end up loving it; in any way you have YEARS to adapt your scripts to the new platform.

Nux - "Redhat fanboi trying to be objective".

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