The following article compares two different Linux distros with Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS (Jammy) and Fedora 36 Server Edition. These are the latest versions released in the past month. Bear in mind, that they have a really different release cycle Ubuntu Server 22.04 LTS (Jammy) support will end after 10 years and Fedora 36 support is just 13 months! Still, the two systems offer server editions with mostly the latest stable Linux software and they offer easy distribution upgrades.
In the Desktop world upgrading to the new and latest version of a Linux distribution is almost mandatory, but in the server world, upgrading is more complicated. The first step in updating or choosing the right Linux distribution and version for a server is to check what software versions come with the (new) distribution and then check whether the running custom (application) software supports the software versions. For example, updating to a new distribution version, which comes with PHP 8.1, but the current application supports only 7.4 is not very wise and in addition, the current version may have years of support in the future.
Lately, with the virtualization software and the distribution upgrades made easy is more common to choose a more short-living or a rolling distribution for a server. Of course, when a Linux version distro has a 13-month life cycle, it is expected to include bleeding-edge software and minor differences between consecutive releases.
|Software||Ubuntu 22.04||Fedora 36|
|Support||10 years (April 2032)||~ 13 months (July 2023)|
|Xorg X server||126.96.36.199||1.20.14|
Similar series for comparing Ubuntu 20.04 LTS and Ubuntu 22.04 LTS could be found here – Upgrading Ubuntu 20 to Ubuntu 22 – software versions upgrade table – head-to-head and for the old, but still supported Ubuntu 18.04 LTS – Upgrading Ubuntu 18 to Ubuntu 20 – software versions upgrade table – head to head.