View Full Version : Mandrake 10 vs. FC2, stability?
22nd May 2004, 08:37 AM
I was going through the standard software analysis methodology to determine which was better in terms of application support, stability and scalability (to mention a few), I came accross some interesting results.
I was just wondering what you guys thought on the following issues:
on a Mandrake 10, vs. FC2 basis? Which one has more umph?
22nd May 2004, 08:37 PM
23rd May 2004, 12:03 AM
I use both Mandrake 10 and Fedora Core 2. I'd have to say that for all of those Fedora Core 2 wins. Just think about it:
Application Support - Fedora has both the Fedora.us and FreshRPMS repositories whereas Mandrake uses either the old plu repositories or the ones hatched by the community. At the same time when you go to an applications homepage your'e far more likely to find prebuilt packages for Red Hat (Fedora) than Mandrake. By and large you have to wait for the source to be compiled and turned into an rpm by the Mandrake community before its available (hence the RPM voting system) whereas with Fedora you're likely to find native RPMs already compiled by the application author.
Reliability - both are running the rock solid 2.6 Kernel but at the end of the day it comes down to what the distro is aiming at which has an effect on the reliability. Fedora is a test bed for the enterprise RHEL and so aims to be as reliable and solid as possible, whereas Mandrake 10 is a commericial distro available for the home user. Fedora is therefore going to have more emphasis on reliability than Mandrake and this is something you can feel having used the two for any period of time.
Scalability - again Fedora is aimed at larger applications for the enterprise user ultimately whereas Mandrake is a much smaller scale distro. Fedora can easilly handle large applications - this site and many others for example such as madpenguin.org are all running off the same Fedora core server. Don't forget that Red Hat is the preferred vendor of Linux Servers by many, especially in the web hosting domain.
Security - I've never had any trouble with setting up IPtables in Fedora Core whereas I've had some problems in Mandrake. Again this reverts back to the target audience of the two distros.
Stability - I haven't experienced any lock ups in either.
Thats just my general feelings about the two anyway. I am biased i will admit - as I love my Fedora Core and am an Administrator of such a big Fedora forum. Yet I feel these are qualified judgements, especially if you consider the target audiences of the two distros.
Well thats my opinion anyway. Hope that helps!
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