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"It has minimal updates compared to other distributions.""The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat.""The user access level is most valuable. When you do administration with CentOS, the number of customizations that you can do for each user is higher than other solutions. It is very customizable.""The pricing is good. We pay a minimal fee.""Offers useful information and has good compatibility.""The most valuable feature is performance.""Very robust and easy to work with.""It has all the features of Red Hat, but you don't have to pay for the subscription."

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"Ubuntu has a good interface, it is easier to use than other distribution such as CentOS or Red Hat. It's suitable for beginners who want to start learning Linux. It has a simple interface and it's easy to use.""The setup is fairly easy.""For us, OpenStack is awesome. We want something that will be much simpler than a broad and complicated solution.""The most valuable features are stability and updates. We are not using the interface, the interface of the OS, we are using it as the server. We actually sync it through SSH and we deploy our application, so we don't have access to do it. The updates are very helpful and the way they update their OS is very helpful.""Doesn't require significant manual configuration.""The feature that I most like in Ubuntu is that it is really easy to use. Ubuntu is very easy to use and comes with many available packages. I think that Ubuntu is a good solution for the small business or a small lab.""The most valuable features are that it's free and that it is simple to use.""The security is very 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.""The YUM install manager can be improved. It is below average as compared to the other install managers. This is the only major problem that I see with CentOS. They should reduce dependency on the YUM manager.""The solution is stable, however, it could always be even more stable if possible.""Lacks sufficient security and some coding tools.""The solution might be discontinued but I hope that IBM will continue to develop it and improve on the functionally and features.""GUI could be merged and expansion simplified.""Integration with other platforms could be improved."

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"Ubuntu should create some specific features, like Red Hat. Red Hat has provided many features for open-source, like FreeIPA.""There are some drivers that are not there encoded, however, I thought that was pretty normal. They could be more comprehensive.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say management and storage. Mostly, the storage mechanism.""The ZFS needs improvement. They do an implementation of the ZFS storage that needs improvement.""Could be better support for graphic drivers and support from the hardware lenders.""I would recommend they improve the network security, because it can be very difficult. I mentioned that when you upgrade Ubuntu, the network cut is always deactivated, so you have to restart the service to reactivate the network. It is important to improve this ability.""It could be easier for beginners and the user interface could be more user-friendly.""The user interface needs to be more user-friendly."

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"There are no licensing costs for CentOS.""It is open-source, which means it is a free product. It has a one-time deployment cost.""There is no license required for this solution.""There is no price or licensing required — it's open-source.""There are no licensing fees. CentOS is a free solution.""There are no licensing fees for CentOS.""We are using a subscription-based license option for CentOS.""CentOS is a free solution."

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"It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge.""It is not a very expensive solution.""Ubuntu pricing is reasonable.""It is open source, so it is free. There is no licensing fee.""It is a free product.""Ubuntu is an open-source Linux operating system that can be used free of charge.""Ubuntu Linux is open-source and available to use free of charge.""It is also manageable and financially affordable."

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Top Answer: The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat.
Top Answer: 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… more »
Top Answer: The tools we are using for this project are compatible with this solution.
Top Answer: There is not a license needed for the solution. You only have to pay for technical support.
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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.

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Samsung, eBay, AT&T, Walmart, Cisco, Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, Best Buy, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Ericsson, Orange, Wells Fargo
Top Industries
Educational Organization20%
Computer Software Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company21%
Manufacturing Company5%
Computer Software Company19%
Comms Service Provider15%
Financial Services Firm10%
Educational Organization6%
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization7%
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Small Business44%
Midsize Enterprise32%
Large Enterprise24%
Small Business49%
Midsize Enterprise16%
Large Enterprise34%
Find out what your peers are saying about CentOS vs. Ubuntu Linux and other solutions. Updated: September 2021.
541,708 professionals have used our research since 2012.

CentOS is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 15 reviews while Ubuntu Linux is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 67 reviews. CentOS is rated 8.2, while Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of CentOS writes "Relegated to a test bench, and therefore is no longer stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Versatile, highly-stable, and the best-supported one by the community". CentOS is most compared with Oracle Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), SUSE Linux Enterprise, openSUSE Leap and Windows Server, whereas Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, Windows Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and openSUSE Leap. See our CentOS vs. Ubuntu Linux report.

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