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Pro Focuses on innovation
By using bleeding edge software, Fedora allows for innovation to take place by testing out things which other distros are not willing to try due to fears of having instability issues.
Pro Integration with GNOME
It perhaps has the best integration with GNOME (GNOME software works out of the box).
Pro Backed by one of the biggest Linux kernel contributors
Fedora is backed by RedHat, the 2nd biggest Linux kernel contributor in the world. Using a distribution made by RedHat means that it will be fine-tuned to work as efficiently as possible since it's made by the same people who work extensively on the kernel and know its ins and outs.
Pro Fast and stable updates
Pro Frees developers from some backward compatibility restraints
Fedora has a relatively short life cycle: version X is supported only until 1 month after version X+2 and with approximately 6 months between versions this means that a version of Fedora is supported for approximately 13 months. This promotes leading-edge software because it frees developers from some backward compatibility restraints.
Pro Strong commitment to free software philosophy
Pro Fast performance
Pro Huge array of binary packages ready to install
Pro Can still be installed in a bad sector on the hard disk
Pro Very good integration with Flatpak and Snap Packages
Pro Create user after the installation
Very good for selling PC‘s with Fedora.
Pro Linus Torvalds distro of choice
Pro Frequent updates to latest versions of software, so quick security and other bug fixes.
Latest version software often means quick bug fixes, more useful features. For example, as a daily user of TeX in my work, the latest TeX distro is a must (this is why I switched from Ubuntu to Fedora). It's also useful to be able to use recent external hardware such as USB wifi dongles or printers.
Con Proprietary drivers are unsupported
Fedora does not support proprietary drivers, meaning that users may have problems with a lot of hardware when using Fedora. The software to make that kind of hardware work can be installed, but it can be done only through third-parties and it's not easy for the average user.
Some packages may break, because there isn't an option to test them before rolling them out.
Con Updating to a new release can be problematic
While there are a few tools on offer that will upgrade an old Fedora release to the newest, there can often be problems with these methods. Some that may not even crop up at first but will show later down the road. Being that upgrading can be an issue, it can be exacerbated by the fact that Fedora updates every six month, which means twice a year there is a risk of completely borking ones install.
In the last 3 years, I have had absolutely no problems with system upgrades. They just work, and I administer about a dozen Fedora computers at my home, my parents' home and at my work.
Con Optimus support is straight terrible
Running on a laptop with optimus gpu or the driver for your powerful gpu is not gonna happen.
Con dnfdragora needs work
As the default package installer, this piece of software needs a lot more polish. It's not explicit in saying things are installed, more granularity in package selection is needed, and the ability to move columns around to see if you're installing the correct version.
Who wrote this con? dnf doesn't say what it installed? dnf doesn't install the latest version of a package?
Con Too many changes to upstream packages leading to a "Fedora way" of doing things
Linux should be linux, but Fedora is constantly introducing breakage and changes which move things in the wrong direction and make things worse for everyone.
It is quite slow on some computers.
Con Not for beginners
It is not a user-friendly distro like ubuntu, PCLos. You will be required to learn a lot of commands even for simple activities.
My mother (85 yrs old) have been using Fedora for 3 years with absolutely no problem. 5 years ago I switched from Ubuntu to Fedora for my kids' sake since it was easier for them to use.
Con Focused on binary release debian and worse at source build infrastructure
Arch provide simple and effective buildpkg script and it just works.
Con Controlled by big corpos
Con Windows-like system updates
Huh? Ever since, say, Fedora 20ish, updates on the dozen compters I administer just work. I run a command (or use GUI) and the update to new fedora happens.
Con Wayland does not work with Prime/Optimus
On a pc with hybrid video, you must use Gnome on Xorg to let the Prime or Optimus technology work.