Compare Red Hat Linux (RHEL) vs. Ubuntu Linux

Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 3 reviews while Ubuntu Linux is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 10 reviews. Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.6, while Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Red Hat Linux (RHEL) writes "GUI for network adapters, and built-in tools such as Mozilla browser, are key for us". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "A stable, user-friendly solution that has good standardization, visualization, and package management". Red Hat Linux (RHEL) is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux and Windows Server, whereas Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and openSUSE Leap. See our Red Hat Linux (RHEL) vs. Ubuntu Linux report.
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Pros
Open architecture allows for accelerated growth while secure repositories guarantee stability.The GUI for network adapters and built-in tools provided by RHEL, such as the Mozilla browser, have been valuable. Since they come built-in, it saves the time of having to install them, and you have everything necessary with the installation itself.Until now, RHEL has been the most stable OS I have ever seen. Nothing seems to break, with frequent updates. I have been running it 24/7 for the past 18 months and it runs flawlessly.Enterprise support is available for our customers.

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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 initial setup is simple.There are many features I like about this solution, but one that stands out, is that it allows me to easily install new packages and to have recent packages available.I think Ubuntu's main strength, as opposed to using the other Linuxes, has been its ability to encourage user feedback.The most valuable feature is the user interface.The solution is stable.I find the Linux community very valuable and the fact it is open source. So it's free and I use it without any problems.If there is a virus going into the network, it has to pass through an Ubuntu server, which can't be infected by the virus. So, there are less viruses on our systems.

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Cons
Workstations: More applications for graphics.Servers: More applications for monitoring (e.g., nmon).I really think that the upgrade policies between the major versions, like from from RHEL 5 to RHEL 6, should be much easier, similar to what is in place for upgrading from RHEL 6 to RHEL 6.8.

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Ubuntu should create some specific features, like Red Hat. Red Hat has provided many features for open-source, like FreeIPA.If I run an application, I need it to show up in Microsoft, so Microsoft can run in Ubuntu. It needs to connect better with Microsoft products.I am really very satisfied with this solution. However, one thing that I would like to see improve, is to have better support for multiple screens with multiple resolutions. For me, that is the most important feature.On the gaming side, things are happening but there are some games that should be ported to Ubuntu.The solution could be better integrated with Microsoft.They aren't as user-friendly as Microsoft. The solution can use a better UI.An easier to configure firewall would be a good add-on.Developing more applications for businesses could work better, but that is not part of the OS piece. Let the developers work on other apps, therefore the needs for consuming less memory do not affect the performance of this OS version.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
The pricing is a bit on the expensive side, mainly because of the support they provide. However, it is quite affordable if you are an organization. If, as a small company or individual, this is an expensive option, I would recommend CentOS, which is an exact replica of RHEL, minus the customer support.

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I use the free version, so I don't have any license fees.​Old equipment works for at least two or three years more, which means a significant savings.​

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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.Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world.
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