Fedora 40 and Ubuntu 24.04 Which one to install

Fedora 40 and Ubuntu 24.04 are released this week

The last full week of April has a Linux imprint. Fedora 40 and Ubuntu 24.04 will be available. In fact, Fedora already has it since today, April 23, while for Ubuntu and its derivatives we will have to wait until Friday.

Of course, the decision of which one to install depends on each person's needs and preferences. However, if you are thinking about getting started in the Linux world, I will try to give you some clues to help you make the decision.

Fedora 40 and Ubuntu 24.04

Let's start by clarifying some concepts. Fedora 40 and Ubuntu 24.04 are Linux distributions. A Linux distribution is an operating system based on the Linux kernel plus a set of tools and applications. selected to satisfy the needs of a specific user group.

They are made up of:

  • Linux kernel: EIt is the fundamental component of the system since it deals with hardware management, allocation of system resources and communication between the software, the user and physical devices.
  • Software tools: They fulfill functions that are used by applications that interact with the end user, such as printing text, opening or closing a window, or saving a file.
  • Applications: Linux distributions come with a series of pre-installed programs useful for the end user such as word processors, web browsers or multimedia players.
  • Package manager:  They are responsible for searching, installing, updating or uninstalling applications.
  • Desktop environment: It is the graphical interface that allows the user to interact with the system.

Although any Linux distribution can be configured for any purpose, in principle they come with a selection of tools and programs designed for one type of user in mind.

Fedora 40

The flagship distribution from the Fedora Project It is number 40 and comes with the latest versions of the Linux kernel and the tools of the GNU project and other Free software. How the desktop uses GNOME 46 and Wayland as a window manager, forcing the venerable X11 into oblivion

In terms of connectivity management of both wired and wireless Internet connections is improved achieving a better assignment of addresses and the detection of conflicts between them.

At least for me, installing and updating programs on Fedora was too slow compared to those derived from Debian or Arch Linux, to fix this Some old functions were eliminated and others simplified, promising that the procedure will be much faster.

Those who use AMD graphics cards will appreciate the support for the firm's most current models, The bet is that Fedora can be used on teams dedicated to running Artificial Intelligence applications. In that sense, the installation of the PytTorch machine learning tool is being implemented, although it can only be used with the CPU since it cannot yet be used with graphics cards.

Regarding the derived versions or spins, it is highlighted that the KDE version will come with Plasma 6 while the Cinnamon also corresponds to that number.

Ubuntu 24.04

Ubuntu 24.04 too It comes with GNOME 46 and the latest version of the kernel. This is an extended support version that can be extended to 9 years for free and 12 years by paying for the last 3 years.s. Up to 5 devices can activate unattended installations, which ensures the security of the equipment.

The Ubuntu installer is easier to understand for the novice user than the Fedora installer and also allows you to implement accessibility features from the second screen. We can also opt for the complete installation with all applications including the browser, email client, office suite and video player or a minimal installation with what is necessary for the system to function.

My recommendation, absolutely debatable, is that if you are a general user who is just getting started with Linux, download Ubuntu, while if you are a system administrator or programmer, start by trying Fedora. If you don't like it, you can always change to the other one or try one of the wide options that the Linux ecosystem offers us.

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