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which is the more stable version Fedora 18, 19 or 20 [closed]

asked 2014-02-08 01:52:40 -0500

mohanprakash gravatar image

I have been using 18 and 19 earlier. I upgraded to 20 recently. I would like to know which one is more stable if I wish to make a choice

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answered 2014-03-29 14:33:11 -0500

wangd gravatar image

The existing answers are great answers in general, and answer the question: do I use the latest (N), second latest (N-1), or third latest (N-2). I think we all agree that the third latest (N-2=18) is not really an option because it is EOL.

But specifically for Fedora 19 and 20, I would go with Fedora 20.

Fedora improves at a rapid rate, and this means it includes features that are not quite "done", though they have been stabilized enough to rely on. The Anaconda rewrite debuted in Fedora 18, which is a good thing in the long term, but caused pain for many people. It's much better in Fedora 19. There's usually something exciting (and aggressive) in each release, which is why I like Fedora, but you will find the experience more smooth (boring) if you stick with releases that did not introduce major changes (in the areas that affect you).

For me, I look at the changes. In F20, I think the riskiest change is the elimination of rsyslog. Which isn't a huge deal for me. In F19, I think the riskiest changes in firewalld and systemd, which are both core packages that affect a lot. Still, not too bad, but somehow eliminating rsyslog is something I can deal with (packages now need to use journald?), while firewalld and systemd are still not second-nature yet.

I'm anticipating bigger changes in F21, because it will have a long dev cycle. Hence I'll probably stick with F20 until F22 lands.

Hope you found this helpful!

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I am using Fedora 20 but with a few issues. Playing multimedia hasn't been a success on some machines, while on others everything is perfect.

mohanprakash gravatar imagemohanprakash ( 2014-04-01 08:17:41 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-04-15 06:47:37 -0500

nks gravatar image

I.m using fedora 20. it has lots of bugs & need to update the system often. I recommended fedora 19.

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answered 2014-04-14 23:36:28 -0500

I have been using fedora 17 for a lot of time, and it is so estable a well done, but finally I have change to Fedora 20 and it is almost sucks.

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answered 2014-04-13 14:02:49 -0500

Ecsit gravatar image

For me, the lack of ATI graphics support in 20 is the only reason to stick with 19. The mesa/default drivers are just simply way too slow.

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answered 2014-02-08 15:57:58 -0500

sideburns gravatar image

In the most literal sense Fedora 18 is the most stable of the three. It's reached its End Of Life, so there will be no more updates for any reason, including security. Thus, it will never change and is as stable as it can be. Now, if you mean which version is least likely to crash, I'd have to say all of them are equal in that sense.

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answered 2014-02-08 05:54:48 -0500

umarmuktharm3 gravatar image

Stick with the latest version. Else one will not get support from fedora. For each new version fedora will show its support only for 13 months.

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answered 2014-02-08 01:58:03 -0500

anishjp gravatar image

You should always stick to the latest version unless you have a specific hardware/software that requires an old version of fedora!

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Or, you should upgrade your hardware as it keeps getting obsoleted. :)

I repeat that if you use Fedora 18 or any older unsupported release, you're not getting any bugfixes. No security fixes, no new versions of software, nothing. In the end, it is your choice, of course, but please do not expect support or updates for an EOL release. You're better off with CentOS or EPEL if you're looking for a distribution with a longer life cycle.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-02-08 02:19:51 -0500 )edit

what about standalone machines where there is no way of getting support.

mohanprakash gravatar imagemohanprakash ( 2014-02-09 01:55:58 -0500 )edit

It doesn't change anything. You won't get updates at all. The latest Fedora, Fedora 20 will sill be the preferred choice.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-02-09 02:46:24 -0500 )edit

Fedora 18 in not yet supported

williamjmorenor gravatar imagewilliamjmorenor ( 2014-02-15 07:11:45 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-02-08 01:56:55 -0500

FranciscoD_ gravatar image

Fedora 19 and Fedora 20 are both stable releases and will continue to receive updates for their life spans. Fedora 20 will have most up to date software while Fedora 19 will have slightly older releases since we don't make major updates to it any more. Please read the Fedora update policy for more details.

I advise you to use Fedora 20. It has more bugfixes, and the latest version of open source software available.

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my desktop has 1GB RAM and Fedora 20 tends to run somewhat slow

mohanprakash gravatar imagemohanprakash ( 2014-02-08 02:03:57 -0500 )edit

1 GB RAM is a bit insufficient for a modern OS to run without lagging! May be its time you should upgrade your RAM!

anishjp gravatar imageanishjp ( 2014-02-08 02:20:46 -0500 )edit

I have read that fedora support only for 13 months! see the Source

umarmuktharm3 gravatar imageumarmuktharm3 ( 2014-02-08 05:57:12 -0500 )edit

Er. Fedora is only supported for 13 months. What's your point?

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-02-08 09:23:12 -0500 )edit

Just asking you to mention the life span of fedora in the comment.. :-)

umarmuktharm3 gravatar imageumarmuktharm3 ( 2014-02-08 09:33:18 -0500 )edit

answered 2014-02-08 01:53:46 -0500

mohanprakash gravatar image

updated 2014-02-15 05:01:20 -0500

I am editing my answer. After I posted my question, I went through the replies, and read many posts over the internet on the topic. The summary is that any version of Fedora is stable, however if support is needed, it is better to go with the latest version. I started using Fedora 20 and indeed the experience is better.

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It is EOL and not supported. Please do not expect community support if you use Fedora 18.

FranciscoD_ gravatar imageFranciscoD_ ( 2014-02-08 02:16:52 -0500 )edit

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