A good friend of mine sent me a note about his friend’s experience in moving to a Fedora and Red Hat desktop environment. That person is a non-techie and this is his report – all unsolicited – but posted with permission and anonymized.
I’ve installed both Fedora and Red Hat, here’s my first impressions:
1. Both Fedora and Red Hat are well designed. Because they use GNOME, both have a similar look and feel to Ubuntu. This is great as it makes for an easier transition! 🙂
2. Just like Ubuntu, after you first install Fedora and Red Hat, the system jumps onto the Internet and looks for software updates and security fixes that need to be installed.
3. With my high speed Internet connection Fedora took several hours to upload and install its initial updates.
I’m guessing with your connection that the initial update (and the annual update) will take a full day. Fortunately, during the update there were only two events that required me to click a button. Otherwise I was able to walk away from the computer and just let it do its business.
3. Red Hat took a bit less time in its initial update. I’m guessing this is because it has less software.
4. Fedora and Red Hat are identical in their look and feel. They have different applications pre-installed and, most importantly, Fedora has access more software than Red Hat does.
Red Hat is very conservative in the software it includes. I’m guessing this is because it is typically used as a secure server for business. Hence, it doesn’t offer as much end-user software.
Note the difference in pre-installed software available as seen in the attached screen shots.
5. Finding and updating software is very similar to Ubuntu. I found the package lists easier to navigate in Ubuntu, but Fedora and Red Hat are still easy.
That’s what I have for you thus far!