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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."

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"The work is now faster and more efficient because most of the running programs do not crash during the run stage, like the previous version we were using for work.""The latest versions of the solution have increased their level of stability. It's quite good now.""The solution is scalable. If an organization needs to expand it out, they shouldn't run into issues doing so.""Microsoft technology is very simple and user friendly.""It is easy to operate and perform any tasks.""In terms of most valuable feature, it has all the features. We have to use the workforce application like Microsoft Office 365. We are dependent on the operating system.""The most valuable features are the interface and the speed of switching between processes.""It offers an easy user experience for our customers."

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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."

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"The frequent update of the Operating system is bad because, during each update, most of the programs or applications do not function well.""The solution should offer a bit of an easier integration with authentication methods, like FIDO or FIDO2 authentication with the USB-C. They should try to simplify the process of authenticating the user. Nobody wants to remember thousands of passwords.""The only thing which concerns me is updates. It gets updated often. Sometimes, however, it automatically gets updated. That is an issue. It can happen when you do not want it to be done. It's possible it can start and your files are not saved. They may be open while your laptop enters sleep mode. Then, when you re-open the computer to continue work, it all of a sudden decides to update, destroying your work.""Windows needs improvements made with respect to security because it is still vulnerable.""If you need servers to be deployed in a production environment then you definitely want to look at a different operating system.""In terms of what could be improved, I would say the security patches. The security patches do not come very frequently with the operating systems.""of the problems with Windows 10 is that it hangs when you open multiple programs.""Users should be able to access the system remotely."

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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."

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"Windows 10 is licensed. It was included with the purchase of my laptop.""For my home computer it's a lifetime license, only purchased once.""I think it is fair. I haven't bought it on my own because our laptops are from the company, and our company pays for it.""Windows 10 came with the computer when I bought it, so it was already licensed.""The initial version came with the PCs and the upgrade we were able to get cost approximately $12 per computer. It was really cheap.""The basic operating system of any hardware should be free. Therefore, it should be free. They should charge only for the enterprise level or enabling the hypervisor. They should charge for Professional Windows 10, but the basic OS should be free.""I have never bought this solution myself, I generally get it with my Notebook for free. I think they are competitively priced at this moment.""When we purchase a new machine, it comes with it, and we don't pay separately for the license."

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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 latest laptop I've got can turn into a tablet. Windows automatically changes to a tablet view — that's been a pretty good feature.
Top Answer: As far as improvement is concerned, nothing particularly comes to mind. It generally works quite well.
Top Answer: I use this solution for general email processing, communication, and collaboration tools like Teams, etc. I am an IT consultant — we all use Windows 10, PowerPoint, and other productivity tools.
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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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Comms Service Provider38%
Computer Software Company21%
Manufacturing Company5%
Financial Services Firm14%
Manufacturing Company11%
Computer Software Company11%
Comms Service Provider8%
Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company15%
Energy/Utilities Company5%
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Small Business43%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise21%
Small Business61%
Midsize Enterprise15%
Large Enterprise24%
Find out what your peers are saying about CentOS vs. Windows 10 and other solutions. Updated: May 2021.
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CentOS is ranked 8th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 4 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 56 reviews. CentOS is rated 8.8, while Windows 10 is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of CentOS writes "Lightweight, powerful, and stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows 10 writes "Familiarity, maturity and popular productivity tools make this OS almost indispensable". CentOS is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), openSUSE Leap and Flatcar Container Linux, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), openSUSE Leap, Oracle Solaris and Neverware CloudReady. See our CentOS vs. Windows 10 report.

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