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"It has minimal updates compared to other distributions.""The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat."

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"Oracle Linux is very compatible with other platforms.""The stability is excellent and the initial setup is easy.""Once installed, the product is good, I like it. The core of the software is really good."

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"They could build more options into the wizard.""In the future, CentOS will no longer be compatible with Red Hat."

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"I think they should also pay more attention to the open-source community.""It would be ideal if they added a faster implementation of the security fixes, if possible.""The installation documentation needs to be improved"

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"There are no licensing costs for CentOS."

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"Nowadays, Oracle is very open toward price negotiation; they negotiate well with their clients"

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Oracle Enterprise Linux

CentOS Linux provides a free and open source computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS Linux releases are built from publicly available open source source code provided by Red Hat, Inc for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization are powerful open source foundation products optimized for building both Private and Public Cloud Infrastructure. They provide a secure, scalable, and flexible platform for running both legacy and next generation Cloud Native Applications. As the foundation for Oracle’s Public and Managed Clouds, customers benefit from the comprehensive co-engineering which ensures a robust and highly manageable platform that is battle-tested in one of the worlds largest public clouds.. Unlike many other commercial Linux distributions, Oracle Linux is easy to download and completely free to use, free to distribute, and free to update. And Oracle Linux Support levels are simple and low cost, featuring Premier lifetime support, access to additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, zero-downtime kernel updates using Ksplice, and access to award-winning Oracle support resources and customer support specialists.

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Top Industries
Comms Service Provider39%
Computer Software Company23%
Educational Organization6%
Comms Service Provider14%
Computer Software Company14%
Financial Services Firm10%
Computer Software Company34%
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company5%
Company Size
Small Business45%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise18%
Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise59%
Find out what your peers are saying about CentOS vs. Oracle Linux and other solutions. Updated: January 2021.
455,301 professionals have used our research since 2012.

CentOS is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews while Oracle Linux is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 4 reviews. CentOS is rated 8.6, while Oracle Linux is rated 7.6. The top reviewer of CentOS writes "It allows us to freely use and test open-source technologies and solutions". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Offers leading performance and security for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments". CentOS is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE Leap, Windows Server, Red Hat Linux (RHEL) and Oracle Solaris, whereas Oracle Linux is most compared with Red Hat Linux (RHEL), Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Solaris, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows Server. See our CentOS vs. Oracle Linux report.

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