Should I switch from to ?

I have some early thoughts, but convince me either way! 😃

@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 😃

@sporiff @downey Fair enough. I hear you. 🙂

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 If you like the stability, don't care of how old are your software, or work on a server, of course will be your best choice.

You can also try if you'd like to try the latest updates, but I'll be great for your personal usage, not for servers, or you'll damage the universe 😜

:debian: vs :fedora:

@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 😉

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