Should I switch from to ?

I have some early thoughts, but convince me either way! πŸ˜ƒ

@downey I don't think you should :) Fedora feels way more modern then debian :)

@downey Both are excellent experiences, although I have to advocate for Debian (specifically Testing since I like up-to-date packages) over Fedora due to some bad experiences I've had personally. Apt is often the first pm people will package for and the support for Debian/Debian based distros is beyond pretty much anything other than Arch.

@sporiff @downey I have to disagree with you on the package availability and support.

Fedora has a massive package repository (Debian's may or may not be a bit bigger, but Fedora's is close enough, regardless) and a huge, global community as well. Those are more points of parity, than an advantage for Debian. 😁

@michelamarie @downey Definitely both have excellent package repositories of their own, and Fedora exceeds stock Debian for certain things. I'm thinking more of third party software. In my personal experience, I find more software available as a .deb than a .rpm. I would say only Arch linux exceeds this with the AUR.

Don't get me wrong, I love and use all three πŸ˜ƒ

@sporiff @downey Fair enough. I hear you. πŸ™‚

As for me, the only application I've come across where I couldn't find an official package for something (by the software authors or the distribution authors) I needed in the last few years was for Signal.

Everything else I've needed a package for on the desktop or server was readily available. Of course, every situation is a bit different, so it's not a guarantee.

BTW: I like Debian as well. 😊


Just a word of warning about Debian Testing:

Debian itself advices against Debian testing when security is something you care about.


@sheogorath @downey interesting! I hadn't seen that before. Guess I have some reading to do.

@downey Really depends on why you want to switch.

The amount of work depends on how much config you'll have to move over.

@alephnull Pretty lightweight desktop use. Mostly web & communications tools, etc. So I don't feel like there'd be much config to worry about.

I see no great difference between Fedora and Debian in that context. Unless there is a DE that you want to use that is only in Debian.

@downey I wouldn't.

#Fedora has all the latest stuff and is *still* rock solid. The incredibly smooth upgrade process is also hard to beat.

I use the #KDE spin, which is highly refined, stable, configurable, and beautiful. I love Fedora, and have never looked back since I switched to it on my desktop some years ago. I'm assuming you were talking about your desktop when you asked about this.

I used Ubuntu for quite a long time before I switched to Fedora, & it broke a lot.

@downey Go for it :)

No worries, we will welcome you again, if you notice the other side is less fun.

Just make sure you keep your system safe, you run without SELinux over there πŸ˜‰

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