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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.""The user interface is comfortable and easy to use.""We use Oracle Linux to test our software, and we also recommend Oracle Linux to our customers.""It's very useful for hosting other Oracle products.""The good thing about Oracle Linux is that it's free, as long as you don't want support.""One of the main features of this solution is it is secure."

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"The solution has features that simplify adoption for non-Linux users. There is an interface that you can activate on RHEL systems, and on other Linux systems as well, so that you will get a graphical user interface instead of just a shell. It's easier for an administrator who is used to only working on Windows.""Its security is the most valuable. It is very stable and has many features. It also has good performance. Some of our clients were using Windows servers and products. I suggested Red Hat Linux to them and described the features. They switched to it, and they really loved it. There were around 50 servers in my last company, and they switched all those servers from Windows to Red Hat. I used to manage those servers.""Customer support is valuable.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""I like the fact that most of the system configuration is Namespace so it's easy to get to and easy to configure, and most of it still uses text documents. Not all of it's a menu-driven-type entry. I also like the fact that it's a very standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate."

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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""The GUI could be made more attractive.""The download speed is not good. Oracle can improve their servers capacity, especially in Asia.""We'd like it if it was a bit more secure.""They should increase security.""Most day-to-day applications are not native to this solution. You have to run an emulator or virtual machine, such as VMware to access these Windows applications."

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"Sometimes they don't have new versions for applications like Apache or PHP. I understand it's because they have to have support for them, so they can't have the latest version all the time, but that's the main thing I see that could be improved.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""Linux overall needs improvement. They cannot go much beyond what Linus Torvalds's kernel implementation can do. I come from AIX, and there were very cool things in AIX that I am missing dearly, e.g., being able to support not only adding, but also reducing memory and number of processors. That is not supported on Linux right now, and it is the same for the mainstream file systems supported by Red Hat. There is no way of reducing a file system or logical volume. Whereas, in AIX, it was a shoo-in. These are the little things where we can say, "Ah, we are missing AIX for that."""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""I'd like to see more of NCurses type menu systems in some instances. We're dealing with SUSE Enterprise Linux, they have an NCurses menu system. It's a menu system. It will write there. Even some of the higher-end Unix systems like AIX have some inner menu system where all the configuration tools are right there so your administrator doesn't have to jump through multiple directories to configure files if needed. I like the simplicity of Red Hat because it's pretty easy but having an NCurses menu when you have to get something done quickly would be nice."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"Nowadays, Oracle is very open toward price negotiation; they negotiate well with their clients""This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge.""The licensing is expensive.""Oracle Linux is very cheap at this time.""The solution is free.""There is a license required for this solution and we are on an annual license.""The licensing cost is expensive. It should be reduced by at least half."

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"In terms of the solution’s single subscription and install repository for all types of systems, we can have as many RHEL installations as we want because we have a specific subscription that entitles us to have as many RHEL services as we want. We pay for a subscription and with that we get RHEL and Satellite as well.""Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive.""RHEL is expensive.""Because it is a subscription, you can go elastic. This means you can buy a year, then you can skip a year. It is not like when you buy something. You don't buy it. You are paying for the support on something, and if you don't pay for the support on something, there is no shame because there are no upfront costs. It changes the equation. However, we have such growth right now on the Linux platform that we are reusing and scavenging these licenses. From a business standpoint, not having to buy, but just having to pay for maintenance, changes a lot of the calculations.""We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The most valuable features are performance, frequent update patches, and security.
Top Answer: There is a license required for this solution and we are on an annual license.
Top Answer: The solution could improve by giving the client or customer more control.
Top Answer: The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.
Top Answer: RHEL is a great place to go. They have a great thing that is not very well-known, which is called the Learning Subscription, which is a one-year all-you-can-drink access to all of their online… more »
Top Answer: Linux overall needs improvement. They cannot go much beyond what Linus Torvalds's kernel implementation can do. I come from AIX, and there were very cool things in AIX that I am missing dearly, e.g… more »
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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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Retailer19%
Comms Service Provider15%
Computer Software Company15%
Government8%
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Computer Software Company30%
Comms Service Provider27%
Government8%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Financial Services Firm30%
Security Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
Manufacturing Company10%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Small Business33%
Midsize Enterprise8%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,817 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Linux is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 10 reviews while Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 6 reviews. Oracle Linux is rated 8.0, while Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Offers leading performance and security for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) writes "Has a standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate". Oracle Linux is most compared with Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Solaris, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows Server, whereas Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server, CentOS, Ubuntu Linux and Windows 10. See our Oracle Linux vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) report.

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