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Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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"Customer support is valuable.""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.""It is a well-established operating system. We have tried to implement almost every feature of a version in our environment, and it has been very reliable. We are not facing many production issues on a day-to-day basis. They have well-documented articles on their documentation site and a knowledge base on their website. When we need to implement anything, we are able to find information about the best practices and the solution.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""The best system I've ever used is Red Hat, in terms of its ability and consistency of the operating system. Other than that, the vast majority of applications that I had, you can deploy Red Hat with the support of the vast majority of applications. We don't have many issues with the OS, the support is very good.""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.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works."

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"I feel the stability to be the solution's best feature.""The user interface is comfortable and easy to use.""The performance is good and the solution has been stable.""It's very useful for hosting other Oracle products.""The solution is easy to use.""The good thing about Oracle Linux is that it's free, as long as you don't want support.""Oracle Linux for Oracle databases is the top. There's no doubt whatsoever.""There is full compatibility with RedHat-based operating systems, in particular Centos, which we widely deployed before Oracle Linux (OL)."

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"The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.""The initial setup is very straightforward.""I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.""The most valuable feature is that there is an inbuilt HANA firewall.""The stability of the solution is good. We have not had any issue with performance.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system.""The solution offers a secure operation system.""The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications."

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"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.""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."""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""I'm not sure how the support is being changed in terms of needing to pay for it. That's an area that can be improved. They should offer support without charging users for it.""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.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""The biggest thing that is crushing RHEL is documentation. Their documentation is haphazard at best. The man pages that you can use locally are pretty good, they've been fleshed out pretty well, but the documentation from Red Hat itself really needs somebody to go through it and review it.""The vulnerability assessment part should also be improved. We do a lot of patching regularly. They try to fix an issue very quickly, and we also end up facing bugs that are not properly documented. When releasing the general availability for a particular solution, they need to do a lot more work on their side."

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"They should increase security.""Oracle Linux, needs to support more packages.""The solution could be less costly.""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.""Occasionally, we might get an alert to restart our database, and if we don't do it on our own, the system will do it automatically. That can cause downtime issues if your clients aren't expecting it.""The installation documentation needs to be improved""The GUI could be made more attractive.""We'd like it if it was a bit more secure."

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"The initial setup could be simplified.""We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager.""Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE.""SUSE could make more APIs available.""In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses.""I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.""The free version sometimes has security holes.""The interface could improve."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"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.""We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper.""RHEL is expensive.""We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company.""It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it.""The licensing with Red Hat is on par with other organizations like Microsoft. We have a site license, which gives us a certain number of servers, perhaps 25,000, for the type of license that we have. That works really well for us.""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."

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"Oracle Linux is very cheap at this time.""This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge.""Nowadays, Oracle is very open toward price negotiation; they negotiate well with their clients""We pay a monthly subscription fee.""We pay for a license for this solution annually.""The licensing is expensive.""The solution is free.""The licensing cost is expensive. It should be reduced by at least half."

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"When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support.""I have to pay for a license in order to get support.""Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source.""The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.""There is a free tier and a paid support tier. If you do not need support, then the solution is free to use. If you need support then there is an option for that as well."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fantastic. It is an inexpensive solution that has excellent security, performance, and… more »
Top Answer: The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of… more »
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… more »
Top Answer: When comparing Oracle Linux and Solaris, I believe that Linux is more secure and more flexible. It is also very suitable… more »
Top Answer: Ubunto Linux is a complete Linux operating system that is freely available with both community and professional support… more »
Top Answer: The performance is good and the solution has been stable.
Top Answer: The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.
Top Answer: The license we pay is for Oracle. We make use of the community edition.
Top Answer: In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processes.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
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Overview

To put your enterprise in a position to win, you have to break down the barriers that hold you back. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a platform with unparalleled stability and flexibility, you can reallocate your resources toward meeting the next challenges instead of just maintaining the status quo.

For SAP workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions combines the reliability, scalability, and performance of Linux with technologies that meet the specific requirements of SAP workloads. It’s certified for integration with SAP S/4HANA and built on the same foundation as the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  For more information on Red Hat's portfolio of solutions for SAP workloads visit www.redhat.com/sap.

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.

For more information on Oracle Linux, visit Oracle.com/linux and see a whitepaper here

The modern and modular OS helps simplify multimodal IT, makes traditional IT infrastructure efficient and provides an engaging platform for developers. As a result, you can easily deploy and transition business-critical workloads across on-premise and public cloud environments.

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Top Industries
REVIEWERS
Financial Services Firm21%
Government21%
University14%
Security Firm7%
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Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Retailer15%
Comms Service Provider15%
Computer Software Company15%
Wholesaler/Distributor9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider29%
Computer Software Company27%
Government7%
Manufacturing Company5%
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Marketing Services Firm11%
Wholesaler/Distributor11%
Manufacturing Company11%
University11%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company7%
Government6%
Company Size
REVIEWERS
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
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Small Business32%
Midsize Enterprise9%
Large Enterprise59%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise36%
Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
554,873 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Oracle Linux is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 19 reviews while SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews. Oracle Linux is rated 8.0, while SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0. The top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Reliable, with good technical support, but it works well only with Oracle products ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". Oracle Linux is most compared with Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Solaris, CentOS, Windows Server and openSUSE Leap, whereas SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Solaris and Windows Server. See our Oracle Linux vs. SUSE Linux Enterprise report.

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