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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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"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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"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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"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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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.""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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"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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Questions from the Community
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 »
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.
Top Answer: There should be more integration with other operating systems applications. It would be beneficial if there was a way to install Mac OS software on Linux. They could create a software patch to be able… more »
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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.
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Top Industries
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Financial Services Firm30%
Comms Service Provider10%
Security Firm10%
Computer Software Company10%
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Computer Software Company29%
Comms Service Provider24%
Government9%
Manufacturing Company6%
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Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider11%
Educational Organization9%
VISITORS READING REVIEWS
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company17%
Government7%
Educational Organization6%
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Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise57%
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Small Business53%
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Large Enterprise33%
Find out what your peers are saying about Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. Ubuntu Linux and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
522,281 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 6 reviews while Ubuntu Linux is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 49 reviews. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.6, while Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.4. The top reviewer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) writes "Has a standard file system layout so it's easy to navigate". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Versatile, highly-stable, and the best-supported one by the community". Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux, Windows Server, CentOS and Windows 10, whereas Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, CentOS, Windows Server, openSUSE Leap and Oracle Solaris. See our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. Ubuntu Linux report.

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