I have been ardent fan of Fedora for the past four years. I got introduced to the world of Fedora while I was doing my MSc research at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. For sometime, I had been working on theoretical aspects of a Fuzzy Logic based Active Queue Management scheme for IP Networks and time came when I was supposed to run some network simulations on the NS-2 simulator. I was told that this simulator runs best on a Linux platform. As I was looking for a Linux operating system that could be easily installed along with the Windows operating system in a dual boot formation, I ended up stumbling on a good tutorial that taught me how to install the Fedora Core 2 along with Windows.
The installation process was very easy and I immediately started running my NS simulations on the Fedora Core platform. I could also boot to the Windows OS whenever I had some business that side. Sometime in 2005, I noticed a good number of my friends installing the Ubuntu Linux distribution on their PCs. These guys were encouraging me to dump my beloved Fedora for Ubuntu which is sponsored by UK based company Canonical Ltd, which is owned by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth.Ubuntu is a Zulu word which means “humanity”. Zulu is the most widely spoken home language in South Africa. With all this knowledge in mind, I was of the view that most South Africans were jumping on the Ubuntu bandwagon for no better reasons other than patriotism.i.e. the “proudly South African” syndrome. As a result, I remained with my Fedora. After all, even Linus Torvalds, original creator of the Linux Kernel, says he uses Fedora.
Now more than three years down the line and staying in Japan which is very far from South Africa, I am finding myself getting hooked to Ubuntu in a rather very interesting way. I am working on a paper that I will submit for review shortly and I wanted to run my usual NS simulations on Fedora 9. As I was downloading my Fedora, I discovered that a good number of Japanese and Chinese friends have Ubuntu Hardy on their PCs.They like it so much and I was shocked to see that. Actually, I was the one who told them the meaning of the word “Ubuntu”. These guys told me that Ubuntu was more user friendly compared to the other Linux distributions and that there was a lot of online support for it.For once, I started thinking that Ubuntu is great. I asked for the installation disk, installed it on my PC and I am now in my third week with Ubuntu Hardy.I am finding it more enjoyable than Fedora.And I would like to say goodbye Fedora and welcome Ubuntu!!!