Red Hat Desktop – one of the first Linux distributions that was mostly used until 2003, when by surprisingly they announced the it discontinue the current system by focusing on Red Hat Enterprise, which was the distribution especially developed for business use and the support and certification programs that were mostly responsible for company’s sales.
The discontinuance of Red Hat Desktop has elevated serious doubts about the viability of using Linux on desktops, however all the doubts were quickly dispelled by the announcement of Fedora project, which became the authorized heir to the Red Hat Desktop, that was going to be developed by a community with the support and contributions from the developers at Red Hat.
The initial idea was of announcing the Fedora development for Red Hat was to lower the cost of distribution and at the same time, inspire community contributions, making the project grow. The reason behind not using the name “Red Hat” for its new release has more to do with its marketing. The Red Hat brand is generally used only in commercial products as a way to inspire the purchase.
The desktop of Fedora operating system is quite similar to the Ubuntu, since both the distribution are based on GNOME and use the classic looks, with two bars.
All the modern versions of Fedora OS uses the Network Manager for network setup, and beyond, you will observe that it also has several other tools in common with Ubuntu which makes both the distribution much closer. Its because most of these utilities both the distributions offers were developed by the Red Hat team and Fedora and thenceforth integrated into other distributions that use GNOME.
Even if you don’t prefer the Fedora OS, we must thank the original developers of it, as many of the innovations we see in the recent distributions to make our lives simple, were originally created and improved by the Fedora team.
Despite of not having a good user base, it shows how the Fedora distribution is important for the growth of the system, serving as a production base for the development of many elements that were lately integrated into other distributions.
The most appealing feature of Fedora is the frenetic pace of updates. The system is not only updated every six months, but also includes a set of spectacularly updated packages as compare to the Windows versions.
Fedora is one of the distributions highly prefered in dedicated server hosting plans. The main reason behind it is that the packets related to servers acquire more attention and are well tested. The approach to the active contribution on Fedora, and prioritizing the development of server related functions have surprisingly made Fedora as the best distribution in corporate servers.
If you wish to use a highly stable desktop, you can prefer Fedora for a long time and just install the security pathches and minor updates that are frequently released. Using the Ubuntu or Debian would be less desirable options. If you want to enjoy new features and have access to all the new versions of packages before they are available in other distributions, then Fedora is what you must choose.