Vitor Teixeira wrote: Thanks a lot Albert for having the time to give that.
I really appreciate your help.
Luke I talked with Robert Bridson he told that the product will probably will be available to buy in the next summer to Mac and Linus, with support focused on Fedora versions similar to Maya. Is Fedora a lot different from Ubuntu?
Well, yes and no. Fedora and Ubuntu are very similar to the end user. The big difference I see is the development philosophy. Fedora is basically Red Hat Enterprise Linux beta. Everything that works in Fedora eventually becomes RHEL. Because of that Fedora can sometimes be unreliable and can break compatibility because they push innovations early and use Fedora as a test platform. Also Fedora is completely free software so things like video drivers and multimedia codecs are not available in Fedora repositories, philosophically and legally a logical move but a pain for the end user. Fedora release life cycles are typically about a year before the repositories are no longer online and you need to upgrade. In that sense Fedora is a poor choice for a large organization like a visual effects studio, despite that though many studios are using Fedora because of the support from developers. Probably because Fedora is a logical stepping stone for developers since most CG software was originally meant for use on Red Hat (e.g. Autodesk), but people don't want to pay for Red Hat.
Ubuntu is developed for the average Joe with as many bleeding edge features as possible but without sacrificing reliability and user friendliness where possible. Ubuntu is also not completely free software but that means things like proprietary video drivers and multimedia codecs are available in the repositories which are more user friendly and convenient. Its based on Debian and in the eyes of the CG community Debian is nothing more than a web server and hardly anyone supports it or takes it seriously (e.g. Autodesk). Though it seems to be gaining more support in recent years. Ubuntu repositories are online and with security updates for at least 18 months and up to 5 years for the long term support release (LTS). In theory this would be a perfect choice for visual effects but the lack of support from software vendors makes it difficult to implement.
There are other technical differences like RPM packages versus Debian packages (DEB) but those are easy to adjust to. Things that should be considered when choosing a distribution are support length (how long are the repositories updated for), official vendor support for software used, ease of use and maintenance, cost of support if support is needed, and so on. There probably won't be a single distribution to meet all your needs but try to pick one that meets most of them. Cheers!