Which Linux OS do enterprise tech professionals recommend?
In the review excerpts below, infrastructure and operations users from the IT Central Station community share their experiences with their respective OS, and describe the subsequent benefits they’ve seen in their organizations.
What criteria should prospective users look for when choosing a software, and how can existing Linux users (whether Oracle or Ubuntu) learn from our operating systems for business reviews?
Question: How has your organization benefitted from using Oracle Linux?
Simon Rice, Vice President of Enterprise Services at a tech services company with 51-200 employees, writes:
“When designing a new Oracle database platform, Oracle Linux provides built-in benefits for database customers that are not available on any other platform. This has improved the performance, availability, scalability, and security of our architecture.”
Michael Wilson, Solutions Architect Senior Principal Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees, shares:
“The reliability of the product has increased our efficiency. With needing 99.98% uptime, the OS has been incredibly stable. In the 10 years I’ve been using the product, I’ve had to open zero product defects as it has functioned in every way we needed it to.”
Question: How has your organization benefitted from using Ubuntu Linux?
Abhinav Singh, Security Expert at a tech services company with 201-500 employees, writes:
“Ubuntu MATE provides me with a complete OS experience, so I don't have to switch between multiple OS for my work; I can do my development, usual browsing and accessing tools on the same machine.
I mostly use the OS for development purposes by running IDE like PyCharm. I also use the OS to connect to other machines in our development environment...Ubuntu is the standard deviation OS in our environment and we have built our own image that the developers can just download and begin using it.”
Question: Which solution(s) did you use prior to Oracle Linux?
Erman Arslan, Applications And Database Operations Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees, writes:
“We were using Red Hat Linux before. We started to use Oracle Linux, because it is free and supported by Oracle (owner of almost all the products that we are using or administering). It has stabilized as time goes by and compatible with RHEL.”
Question: Which solution did you use prior to Ubuntu Linux?
Marc Fellman, Senior Developer at a tech services company with 5,001-10,000 employees, shares:
“I have used Linux for over 20 years now and Ubuntu for over 10 years...I (previously) used other distributions, such as Slackware, Mandrake, Redhat, Debian and, of all of those, I like the way Ubuntu is set up the best.”
Question: How could Oracle Linux further improve their offering?
A Unix System Administrator II at a healthcare company with 1,001-5,000 employees, shares:
“Support could be improved. I rate technical support 3/5. The support for Oracle Linux is effective for less difficult problems. We had problems with support when an engineering level of review was required; Oracle basically said they couldn’t help.”
Question: How could Ubuntu Linux further improve their offering?
Abinhav Singh also describes the need for improved stability in Ubuntu Linux:
“We have encountered stability issues. I find it less stable when I am using Ubuntu as a virtual machine...I have found version 12 to be more stable. I have tried various desktop environments and MATE seemed most stable to me.”