Differences to Ubuntu
Although looking familiar, Fedora does some things different to Ubuntu. This page tries to explain the major differences to Ubuntu in day-to-day use.
The biggest difference for users coming from Ubuntu to Fedora is that sudo does not work. In Fedora, root access can be gained with
su will ask for your
root password, not your regular user password. The
root password is the password you entered while installing, not the password you entered when creating a user account after your first boot.
After you logged in successfully as
root, you have administrative rights as long as you close the terminal or log out with
Fedora uses different tools for package management than Ubuntu. Here is a quick overview how to accomplish common tasks in Fedora:
|Ubuntu command||Fedora command||Notes|
|apt-get update||yum check-update||You don't need to do this as yum updates its cache automatically before performing transactions|
|apt-get upgrade||yum update||-|
|apt-get dist-upgrade||N/A||Distro upgrades with yum are possible, but not recommended. Use PreUpgrade instead|
|apt-get install||yum install||-|
|apt-get remove||yum remove||-|
|apt-cache search||yum search||-|
If you want to keep your system updated, the PackageKit update applet will help you. It will notify you about updated packages and security updates. Its settings can be changed at System->Preferences->Software Updates. If you want to update your system manually, open System->Administation->Software Update or run
If you want to install or remove software, open System->Administration->Add/Remove Software. To install or uninstall packages, check or uncheck their checkboxes.