CentOS Review

All of the features of Red Hat without the subscription fee


What is our primary use case?

We use CentOS in conjunction with our applications and databases.

What is most valuable?

It's free — it's an open-source solution. It has all the features of Red Hat, but you don't have to pay for the subscription. Otherwise, it's pretty much the same as Red Hat Linux. It uses all of the same repositories, the only difference is that it's open-source.

What needs improvement?

Integration with other platforms could be improved. There should also be more repositories. There are ways to get data from the repositories, but it could be enhanced.

For how long have I used the solution?

I have been using CentOS since 2019.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

Version 7 is stable — not the recent versions; I believe they have some issues. We are using a stable version as of now. We haven't faced any issues so far.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

CentOS is scalable.

How are customer service and technical support?

I have contacted their support, but it's not commercial technical support. On their website, there are blogs and other users that help. They have a large community that can answer most questions.

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

Before CentOS, we used Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The reason why we approached CentOS is that it has the same flavor, but there is no subscription. Earlier, we were paying for Red Hat Linux on a yearly subscription. In order to minimize the cost, especially for some of the applications, it didn't make sense to pay on a yearly basis. 

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup is not very straightforward — it's intermediate. Linux is not an easy thing to install. If you don't have the knowledge, it can be a little difficult.

I believe there is a desktop version available that has a UI but we haven't tried it. That might be a little easier to install; but since it's on a server, we needed to use the command prompt.

What about the implementation team?

We installed it ourselves.

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

There is no price or licensing required — it's open-source. 

What other advice do I have?

Overall, on a scale from one to ten, I would give this solution a rating of nine. 

I would definitely recommend this solution to others. Not the desktop version — I don't have experience with it. On a server level, I would definitely recommend it.

Which deployment model are you using for this solution?

On-premises

Which version of this solution are you currently using?

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