Fedora 24

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Distro Website:

https://getfedora.org/

User Level:

Difficult

Information

Fedora is one of the most popular Linux distros mostly owing to the free and open source philosophy, the large help community, and also the close association with Redhat Linux that is used in most computer industry work.  The Fedora release model is a rolling release meaning that the system will update (or should be updated) to the latest version when available.  This is good for keeping up to date with the latest security and the packages (software) will always be the latest versions.  If your computer is running the latest hardware, Fedora will be a great distro as the newer hardware is incorporated into the kernel.

Fedora does have a few downsides. First, if you want to use multimedia functions on the computer you will need to brace yourself for a little fighting with the system.  I have friends who still cannot get DVDs playing and the MP3’s are buggy.  On my VirtualBox text, I was able to get MP3s running but video tests were buggy, possibly related to running in a virtual machine.  The other issue is the rolling release might mean that some customizations you make to the system could be undone by an update.  Some people have reported wanting to use a Long Term Support system like Ubuntu or Mint so patching security does not change the whole system.

Overall, Fedora is a great Linux distro, very powerful especially for the modern computer and the advanced computer user.

 

Desktop Environments:

  • GNOME (Default)
  • KDE
  • MATE
  • XFCE
  • LXDE
  • Cinnamon
  • SOAS