Fedora and OpenSUSE are two popular rpm-based Linux distributions. The first one is an upstream distribution for RHEL while the latter one is considered for SUSE Enterprise Linux.
Today in this article we will see the differences between Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux.
Fedora is a Red Hat sponsored Linux distribution that is an upstream source for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
It focuses on innovation, integration of new technologies early, and working closely with upstream communities so that changes made are available for all Linux distributions and should not be limited to Fedora only.
It has a short life cycle of around 13 months and a new Fedora version is released every six months. Officially it releases three editions of Fedora –
- Workstation – Focused on PCs
- Server – For servers
- IoT – For the IoT ecosystem
Some other editions of Fedora are –
- CoreOS – Focused on cloud computing
- SilverBlue – Focused on immutable desktop specialized to container-based workflow
OpenSUSE is a free and open-source community-based RPM-based Linux distribution that was initially released on October 6, 2005. It developed and incorporated various tools such as YaST, Open Build Service, openQA, Portus, OSEM, etc, and primarily focuses on the stability and security of the system.
SUSE Enterprise Linux offers comprehensive training resources including online and in-person classes for its administrators which is useful for a person who wants to use OpenSUSE. It provides subscription-based plans for technical support.
OpenSUSE is released in two versions –
Tumbleweed – Fast integrated and stabilized distribution
Leap – Get the latest of OpenSUSE
Fedora Vs OpenSUSE Linux: The key differences
The following table shows the key difference between Fedora and OpenSUSE Linux.
|Initial release||06 Nov 2003||OpenSUSE was released on October 6, 2005.
SUSE Linux 10.0 was the first version community based Linux distribution .
|Latest release||Fedora 36||Leap 15.4|
|Based on||RPM-based distribution||RPM-based distribution|
|Maintainer||Fedora project and community of opensource developers sponsored by Red Hat(subsidiary of IBM)||OpenSUSE project which was formed by SUSE Linux company|
|Default desktop environment||GNOME||KDE|
|Package manager||yum/dnf/rpm and yumex, dnfdragora, GNOME Software (graphical front-ends)||ZYpp, YaST (GUI or curses front-end), zypper (command-line front-end)
|Purpose||General purpose Linux distribution focused on innovation and integration of new technologies||For servers and desktops|
|Support||It get official support of around 13 months||Not fixed for openSUSE new Regular Release, brings with it a new lifetime however SUSE enterprise Linux is supported for 13 years|
|Targeted audience||Beginners to advanced who are adaptable for frequent changes||Advanced users generally used by Large businesses|
I hope this gives you a basic understanding of how Fedora is different from OpenSUSE Linux.
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