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Difference Between Fedora and Mint

There are over three hundred different Linux distributions currently available out there. While some of these distributions are used as general purpose operating systems, there are others that are designed for certain specific applications. Commercial versions of Linux operating system are distributed in different storage media. Free Linux versions can be downloaded from the web. A Linux distribution generally arrives on one or more CD-ROMs, with the Linux kernel actually using a very small portion of that CD-ROM. Depending on the type of installation files of the distribution, Linux distributions are divided into two groups namely RPM based distributions and Debian based distributions. It can be quite daunting to choose among the dozens of distributions created with the Linux kernel. Fedora and Mint are two such popular Linux distributions in widespread use. Let’s take a look at the two Linux distros.

 

What is Fedora?

Fedora is a Linux operating system developed under Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat – the second biggest Linux kernel contributor in the world. This is a robust and matured operating system. Its roots came from the Red Hat Linux, which ended its development life under that name in 2003. At that time, Red Hat – the company that created Red Hat Linux – divided its development efforts into Fedora Core (now called Fedora) and Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Fedora became the community-driven operating system that was distributed for free every six to nine months and focused on encouraging the open source development community. Many universities have deployed hundreds of Fedora desktop systems in their computer labs and small companies run their businesses exclusively with Fedora.

 

What is Mint?

Linux Mint is one of the most user-friendly and customizable distributions based on Debian and Ubuntu. Debian is a volunteer based Linux distribution. Linux Mint’s primary focus is to be a full-featured replacement for the Windows or Mac OSX operating systems. It is one of the most popular Linux distributions out there and used by millions of people around the world. Mint comes bundled with several software and utilities to allow you to be productive right away. Mint is a versatile, modern operating system and you can use its desktop edition to perform a wide variety of tasks, ranging from office work and Internet browsing to listening to music and playing games. Everyone who contributes to the Mint project makes up the community.

 

Difference between Fedora and Mint

Basics

– Fedora is a Linux operating system developed under the community-backed Fedora Project and sponsored by Red Hat. Fedora is a commercial enterprise level distribution based on Red Hat Linux and its derivatives, which collectively are classified as RPM based distributions. This is a robust and matured operating system. Linux Mint, on the other hand, is a volunteer based Linux distribution based on Debian and Ubuntu. Mint’s primary focus is to be a full-featured replacement for the Windows or Mac OSX operating systems. Fedora focuses more on open-source than Ubuntu and Mint.

User Friendliness

– Mint with its Debian base is definitely more user friendly than Fedora. Linux Mint has been designed to provide a very user-friendly desktop with an elegant and sophisticated look and feel. The main menu gives access to applications organized by groups, and the user can launch programs with just a click. Also, Mint developers have created specific tools, integrated with the operating system, to improve the overall user experience. The community behind Linux Mint project is yet another aspect that makes Mint different than other Linux distros, including Fedora.

Package Management

– Although Fedora is backed by Red Hat, the largest corporate contributor to the kernel in the world, the Fedora Project encourages community involvement. Fedora focuses more on open-source than Mint and there is no proprietary software in its official package repositories, which are just under 20,000 packages. Linux Mint, on the other hand, features a more powerful ecosystem and software manager of Debian, which includes over 30,000 packages straight from the Debian package repositories. The official repositories for Fedora, however, contain thousands of free, open-source apps.

Stability

– Fedora is a robust and matured community-driven operating system which is a bit on the cutting edge, allowing for innovation to take the center stage by testing things that other distributions are even afraid of trying for instability issues. The distro continually ships new kernels with each release cycle which brings improvements, and frequent releases are a hallmark of Fedora’s open-source philosophy. Fedora aims to maintain a six-month release schedule for maximum efficiency. Mint is also easy to maintain and is quite stable, releases are only generated by following a specific period of time.

Fedora vs. Mint: Comparison Chart

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Summary of Fedora vs. Mint

Both Fedora and Mint are the two most popular and influential Linux distributions in widespread use. Although Fedora is backed and sponsored by Red Hat, the world’ second biggest Linux kernel contributor, the Fedora Project encourages community involvement. However, the community behind Linux Mint project is one aspect that makes Mint different than other distros. The feedback provided by users is one of the most valuable resources to improve Mint and to build a better operating system. Fedora is a freely distributed operating system for the Linux community which thrives to be a proving ground for features slated to go into Red Hat Enterprise Linux products. Fedora is focused more on open-source, while Mint is more about long term support releases of Debian.

 

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