CentOS Review

Cost-effective and easy to install, but it will no longer be compatible with Red Hat Linux


What is our primary use case?

Most of the time, I use CentOS for deploying Tomcat to run web applications. I use it to run Docker, as well.

What is most valuable?

The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat. 

What needs improvement?

In the future, CentOS will no longer be compatible with Red Hat. I would prefer that it remains compatible because when it changes, we will no longer be using it.

What is missing from this product is a real file system like CFS. Having a modern file system is important and in CentOS 7, btrfs was supported. However, in version 8 it has been removed. I don't understand why and I think that it was a very bad move and a very customer-unfriendly thing to do.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been working with CentOS for a few years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

CentOS is quite stable.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

In the company, we have approximately 800 people who are using it. Beyond that, a lot of our customers are using it, as well.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have never been in contact with technical support. We manage it ourselves.

Which solution did I use previously and why did I switch?

For as long as I have been with the company, they have been using CentOS.

How was the initial setup?

The installation is mostly straightforward. We have automated it.

What's my experience with pricing, setup cost, and licensing?

There are no licensing costs for CentOS.

What other advice do I have?

At this point, because of the announcement that it will no longer be compatible with Red Hat in the future, I do not recommend this product.

I would rate this solution a seven out of ten. 

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

7, 8
**Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
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