Fedora vs antiX: Similarities & Differences!

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In this article let us have a look at 2 very popular distros Fedora and antiX and see where each distro shines so that you can pick one that best suit your needs!

For those of you in a hurry, here is the short version of the answer.

The Short Version Of The Answer

What are the differences between Fedora and antiX? The main difference between Fedora and antiX is Fedora is meant for system administrators and advanced Linux users in need of the latest software in Linux. while antiX is meant for advanced users who need a lightweight USB portable distro

The table below highlights the important differences between the 2 distros

Fedora antiX
Organization Name Fedora is a bleeding-edge community distro. The goal of this distro is to be the testing ground for new and latest software before releasing them on RHEL

Organization Type: Community backed by RHEL

antiX is developed by a community, to fulfill the need for a lightweight USB portable and stable distro, capable of running on older hardware.

Organization Type: Community

Expertise Level Needed Intermediate Intermediate
Based On RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Debian
Target Use-cases General-purpose Distro.

Best Use-case: To learn Linux administration as RHEL is one of the widely used distros in the industry!

Other Use-cases: For use in Workstations

Specific purpose Distro.

Best Use-case: USB portable Distro

Other Use-cases: For use in older hardware

Software Support 9.5/10

Out of the box software: 4.5/5

Software Repository: 5/5

8/10

Out of the box software: 4/5

Software Repository: 4/5

Hardware Support 7/10

Official driver support: 4/5

Support for older hardware: 3/5

9/10

Official driver support: 4/5

Support for older hardware: 5/5

Hardware Resource Needs Middleweight Lightweight
Support 9.5/10

Paid support: Not available on Fedora, but available on RHEL, Fedora’s stable cousin

Community: 4.5/5

Documentation: 5/5

4/10

Paid support: Not available

Community: 2/5

Documentation: 2/5

Ease of use 7/10: Easy 7/10

Intermediate level

Stability 7/10: Stable

User need to be careful not to install from the unstable repos

8/10: Very stable

Based on Debian Stable and hence Antix Linux is a very stable distro!

Release Cycles Fixed Release

2 releases every year, approximately around May 1st and October 31st

Fixed Release

Once a year

The graph below summarizes the table and compares the 2 distros and shows us how they compare with each other on various factors (Higher the points the better that particular feature is in a given distro)

That is just the short version of the answer, let’s go ahead and look at the longer and more informative version and learn more about the similarities and differences between the 2 distros.

The Linux Distributions World

The word Distro is short for “Distribution”. Since the Linux source code is open for everyone to see, large communities started evolving to bring together Operating Systems suited towards specific needs/goals.

These “specific needs/goals” include, but not limited to the following.

  • producing documents
  • writing programs and creating software
  • editing pictures, videos, audio, and multimedia-production-related works
  • store sensitive information by securing the operating system so that no one can hack into it or
  • just browse the internet and consume media.

Say a community of people just wanted to browse the internet with their computers, then there is no point giving them the software to write programs in. Thus since every community’s needs and goals were different these communities started distributing built images of this operating system with all the essential tools installed. These prebuilt images are called distros!

If you wish to know more about the reason behind the presence of so many choices in the Linux World, I suggest reading the article given below.

Reasons Behind The Existence of SO MANY Linux Distros: An Analysis!

The Main Factors of Comparison

The factors mentioned above are just a small list of 100s of factors that differentiate distros. If you are either switching from some other OS to Linux or you are in the process of choosing your next Linux distro and you are confused about which one to choose, you need to have a look at these top 5 decision-making factors

  • Factor#1: Good Match with your Particular use-case
  • Factor#2: Support for your favorite software
  • Factor#3: Hardware Support and Proprietary Driver Support
  • Factor#4: Your level of expertise in Linux
  • Factor#5: Hardware Resource Needs

I have written a separate article explaining these factors which you can find in the link below

Top 5 Factors To Choose Between Linux Distros!

Let’s have a look at each of these important factors and see how Fedora and antiX compare against each other.

Factor#1: Good Match with your Particular use-case

By use-case, I mean the type of work you are going to be doing on your computer. Linux distro world originated because of the difference in use cases.

Fedora’s goal is wildly different from that of antiX’s.

Let’s have a brief comparison between Fedora and antiX in terms of goals, target users, and best use cases to employ these distros.

Fedora antiX
Goal To be the testing ground for new and latest software before releasing them on RHEL To be a lightweight distro with USB portability
Target users Users who need the latest innovations in the Linux world right away! Users who need a lightweight Debian based USB portable distro
Best Use-Cases to Employ the Distro Best Use-case: To learn Linux administration as RHEL is one of the widely used distros in the industry!

Other Use-cases: For use in Workstations

Best Use-case: USB portable Distro

Other Use-cases: For use in older hardware

Factor#2: Support for your favorite software

If your main work involves some specific software or the latest versions of a given software then that becomes a decision-making factor for choosing a Linux Distribution. So before fixing on a given distro, be sure to google if that distro has official support for your main software needs.

The factors you need to be considering include the following

  • Out of the Box support: The software that the distro ships with.
  • Repository Support: The curated software that is available on the official repos
  • Type of release cycle: This decides the trade-off between up-to-date software and stable tested software.
  • Availability of Graphical Software managers
  • Package manager used: This can decide the ease with which you can install and uninstall software

Let’s see how Fedora and antiX fair up against each other in the category of Software support

Fedora antiX
Out of the Box Software 4.5/5: comes with all the basic software needed 4/5: Has a lot of lightweight apps preinstalled
Repository Support 5/5: more than 20,000 pre-compiled packages available 4/5: good repository support as this distro is based on Debian
Type of release cycle Fixed Release

2 releases every year, approximately around May 1st and October 31st

Fixed Release

About once a year

GUI Software Management Tools Available: Software center Available:

Package Installer

Package manager used dnf package manager APT

The bar chart below summarizes the table above. As you can see, Fedora is better than antiX in terms of “Out of the box” software support. Fedora is better than antiX in terms of Repository support.

Hence, Fedora wins the round of Software support!

Refer to the article below if you wish to learn more about package managers.

A Beginners Introduction To Linux Package managers: apt, yum, dpkg & rpm

Factor#3: Hardware Support and Proprietary Driver Support

Not all Linux distros support proprietary drivers officially. Depending on your computer’s hardware, you may or may not have open-source driver support from the manufacturers. This is especially true for hardware such as graphics cards and network cards. Hence it is a good idea to take “driver support” into consideration while choosing your next distro.

The factors you need to be considering include the following

  • Distro’s Policy of use of opensource vs proprietary 3rd party software
  • Official driver support by Major Companies
  • 3rd party driver support from official repos
  • Support for older hardware

The table below shows how these 2 distros compare in terms of hardware support.

Fedora antiX
Distro’s Policy Only opensource officially supported Proprietary drivers officially supported
Official driver support by Major Companies 4/5: Fedora being the bleeding edge version of RHEL gets good support from the industry. 4/5: Since this distro is based on Debian, all the official support is also inherited!
3rd party driver support 3rd party repos available for proprietary drivers available
Support for older hardware 3/5: Fedora dropped support for 32-bit processors, but driver support for older hardware other than processor is good 5/5

Supports both 32 and 64-bit processors and has good driver support for older hardware like network cards and graphics cards.

Also supports automatic hardware detection!

The bar chart below summarizes the table above. As you can see, both antiX and Fedora got the same points when it comes to official driver support. antiX is better than Fedora in terms of support for Older Hardware.

Hence, antiX wins the round of Hardware support!

Refer to the article below if you wish to have a look at some of the top distros in terms of hardware support.

Best Distro For Software And Hardware Support: A Comparison!!

Factor#4: Your level of expertise in Linux

Depending on your level of expertise in Linux, the choice of the distro you need will vary. This is because of the following factors

  • Ease of use: beginner, intermediate, expert
  • Paid customer support: available, not available
  • Online community support: great, good, okay, not good, no support
  • Available Documentation: Great documentation, Good documentation, Okay documentation, no documentation

Let’s see the level of support available for Fedora and antiX and see how they compare against each other

Fedora antiX
Ease of Use Intermediate level Intermediate
Paid Customer Support Not available on Fedora, but available on Red-Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora’s stable cousin. Not available
Online Community Support 4.5/5: great online community support, solutions to most problems you will face are already available online. 2/5 small community
Documentation 5/5: Very comprehensive documentation and several books and courses are also available!
2/5 Okay documentation

The bar chart below summarizes the table above. As you can see, Fedora is better than antiX in terms of online community support. Fedora is better than antiX in terms of Documentation.

Hence, Fedora wins the round of User support!

Factor#5: Hardware Resource Needs

This is an important factor if you are planning to employ Linux on a computer with limited hardware resources. This may be an old machine or a new one with less than stellar specs.

The factors you need to be considering include the following

  • Category: Lightweight or Middleweight or Heavyweight
  • RAM Requirements to have a snappy system &
  • Minimum processor requirements

Let’s see how Fedora and antiX fair up against each other in terms of Hardware resource needs

Fedora antiX
Category Middleweight Lightweight
Minimum RAM requirements 1GB minimum

2GB recommended

192MB (Minimum)

256MB (Recommended)

Minimum Processor Requirements Only 64-bit processors

1GHz minimum

2GHz Dual-core recommended

1GHz processor

Refer to the article below if you wish to have a look at a step by step guide for choosing a Linux distro for your computer’s specifications.

A Complete Guide For Choosing A Distro For Your Computer’s Specs..!!

The Results!

Let us know go ahead and see the results of our comparison! Have a look at the Bar chart below.

As you can see Fedora wins in Software support, and User support.

antiX wins in Hardware support, Hardware Resource needs, and Stability.

There is a tie between the 2 distros in Ease of use.

I suggest you pick the distro that best suits you based on this graph. For example, if hardware support is more important to you, then pick the distro that has better support for your hardware!

Summary

To summarise the article here is the comparison table from the beginning of the blog again.

Fedora antiX
Organization Name Fedora is a bleeding-edge community distro. The goal of this distro is to be the testing ground for new and latest software before releasing them on RHEL

Organization Type: Community backed by RHEL

antiX is developed by a community, to fulfill the need for a lightweight USB portable and stable distro, capable of running on older hardware.

Organization Type: Community

Expertise Level Needed Intermediate Intermediate
Based On RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Debian
Target Use-cases General-purpose Distro.

Best Use-case: To learn Linux administration as RHEL is one of the widely used distros in the industry!

Other Use-cases: For use in Workstations

Specific purpose Distro.

Best Use-case: USB portable Distro

Other Use-cases: For use in older hardware

Software Support 9.5/10

Out of the box software: 4.5/5

Software Repository: 5/5

8/10

Out of the box software: 4/5

Software Repository: 4/5

Hardware Support 7/10

Official driver support: 4/5

Support for older hardware: 3/5

9/10

Official driver support: 4/5

Support for older hardware: 5/5

Hardware Resource Needs Middleweight Lightweight
Support 9.5/10

Paid support: Not available on Fedora, but available on RHEL, Fedora’s stable cousin

Community: 4.5/5

Documentation: 5/5

4/10

Paid support: Not available

Community: 2/5

Documentation: 2/5

Ease of use 7/10: Easy 7/10

Intermediate level

Stability 7/10: Stable

User need to be careful not to install from the unstable repos

8/10: Very stable

Based on Debian Stable and hence Antix Linux is a very stable distro!

Release Cycles Fixed Release

2 releases every year, approximately around May 1st and October 31st

Fixed Release

Once a year

Hope you have got enough data to choose between these 2 amazing distros!

And with that, I will conclude this article!

I hope you guys enjoyed this article and learned something useful.

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