If Linux Distros were books
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 9:17:26 PM
Ubuntu - As of this post Ubuntu is the most popular Linux distro. It is based on Debian Linux. More recently it has been suffering criticism regarding its stability. Many new features that have also been introduced in Fedora around the same time frame are much less stable in Ubuntu. These include Pulseaudio and ext4. Ubuntu is billed as "Linux for Humans". In basic terms Ubuntu is actaully "Linux for beginners". A common migration cycle for users is Windows > Ubuntu > Fedora. A common reaction when migrating from Windows to Ubuntu is along the lines of "OMG this works sooooo much better than Windows".
If Ubuntu were a book it would be something like "Frog and Toad". Ubuntu requires a higher reading comprehension level then a one-word-per-page picture book. But it isn't that complicated.
Fedora - Currently is the second most popular Linux Distro. It is a Red Hat based distro, and is commonly acknowledged as the successor to Red Hat's now defunct free of charge Red Hat Linux. Currently Fedora is well known as a "development" or "experimental" distro. In basic terms Fedora receives new features ahead of most other distros and "works the bugs out". However, even with this Fedora is still a highly stable distro. It is not intended to be easy to use, but administering it is not complicated. Nor is general usage. In the Windows > Ubuntu > Fedora migration cycle many users are amazed at how easy Fedora is and how well it runs. It is a little harder to use but also more powerful.
If Fedora were a book it would be like "Animal Farm". A read that most people should be able to handle, but a bit of a challenge for beginners.
Slackware - Slackware is the oldest distro of Linux. It it also the closest to "real Unix". This distro lacks many of the creature comforts of other distros. It has no package management. All packages must be manually installed and configured. Throughout the Free Software community users proficient in Slackware are well regarded, and their advice on Linux configuration is highly valued.
If Slackware were a book it would be like "War and Peace". It is a difficult read, but if you manage to complete it then you deserve respect as an advanced reader. You should also be capable of reading most other books.