SUSE Linux Enterprise Review

YaST simplifies the server management allowing for a centralized utility to control most of the server functions


What is our primary use case?

I have been using SUSE and OpenSUSE since 1999 in various capacities.

What is most valuable?

There are several items which make this distribution a good product, however I think YaST is probably what I like most about it. YaST simplifies the server management of SUSE allowing for a centralized utility to control most of the server functions.

What needs improvement?

All distributions of Linux could use some improvement. 

For how long have I used the solution?

More than five years.

What do I think about the stability of the solution?

The only stability issues that I can recall encountering with SUSE would be with KDE. However, that is limited to just the desktop environment as I have not had stability issues with most server functions.

What do I think about the scalability of the solution?

Not that I can recall.

How is customer service and technical support?

I have never actually used the technical support. If I had an issue, then I would search the forums to find others that may have encountered similar issues.

Which solutions did we use previously?

I have used various different distributions of Linux. Currently, I am supporting Ubuntu and CentOS server deployments.

How was the initial setup?

The initial setup for most modern Linux distributions is normally straightforward. Most of the common distributions use an ncurses or GUI install. 

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

I would advise others to download the free or strictly open source versions, then test them in their environment before committing to a purchase. This will allow for testing suitability for applications that they want to run. 

Which other solutions did I evaluate?

I have evaluated several different versions of Linux distributions over the years. It depends upon the planned use as to which platform will work best. I have tested RedHat, Debian, Ubuntu, SUSE, Linux Mint, SparkyLinux, SliTaz, Gentoo Linux, and several others.

What other advice do I have?

Verify this product will do want you need it to do. As with all server class distributions, it can be setup with or without the GUI.

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