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"Customer support is valuable.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""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.""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.""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.""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.""The feature that I like the most is that we can integrate it easily with our existing infrastructure. We found that it is much easier to deploy RHEL in our environment compared to a competing distribution like Ubuntu."

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"I have not experienced any issues with this operating system.""Linux is easy to use. You have more control on a Unix system.""The solution is easy to use, secure and allows for simple manipulation.""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.""It's a flexible solution.""The main feature is that Linux is flexible to work with for most web-based applications.""The initial setup is very straightforward."

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"Setting up Windows 10 is pretty straightforward and takes about 30 minutes.""When it's new it's very fast.""I think the settings are better. It has a better user experience.""Stability-wise, it's fine.""I like the changes made to the user interface compared to the previous version of Windows such as Windows eight and Windows nine.""The operating system itself is good.""I like that Windows 10 is easy to use.""We can be certain of what documents are being worked on and by who — that is, of course, essential."

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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.""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.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""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 price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""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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"The free version sometimes has security holes.""The initial setup could be simplified.""I would like to see GUI improved, it could be more user-friendly.""Red Hat has more packages that are available than SUSE does. I'd love to see more projects based on SUSE.""We have had trouble integrating Autodesk with the SUSE manager.""In the next release it would be nice to see more integration and better automation of processses.""SUSE could make more APIs available.""The interface could improve."

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"We'd always be happier if the enterprise version was a little bit lower in price.""The negative is that the OS has made the room heavier, so it requires much more hardware than before.""The core of the operating system needs work to become more stable and less complex. The need to occasionally re-install should not be necessary.""They should have something like a dashboard where users can tune the performance. After using Windows 10 for a while, the operating system starts to slow down. It does not operate like it did when you first installed it.""The interface could be more user-friendly.""They should introduce some special tools for system administrators. I am currently looking at how to calculate the storage. It should have additional tools for monitoring for system administrators. A lot of such monitoring and security tools are available for free in other open-source operating systems, such as CentOS. It should have the backup-and-restore functionality, which is integrated with any external device, such as a USB device. Windows 10 should also be free. They should only charge for Professional Windows 10, but the basic OS should be free. Microsoft should support the Red Hat operating system. When I install Red Hat, it doesn't support NTFS. It needs some additional plug-ins.""It would be great if the solution was more stable. It's a mass-produced product and people around the world use it extensively, which makes it a target for attacks. It needs better security against hackers.""Major update, that poses an issue should be able to be rolled back."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
"We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company.""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.""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.""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.""RHEL is expensive.""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.""It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it."

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"Anyone can use Linux because it is open-source.""I have to pay for a license in order to get support.""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.""When we first implemented this product, we had licenses for support."

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"Licensing fees are paid on a yearly basis.""There is a licensing for the solution and they could improve on it.""For my home computer it's a lifetime license, only purchased once.""I have a home license that costs me around 1,000 rupees.""Microsoft charges a lot for every license, but they don't provide by default support with it.""It's a one-time payment when you purchase the system.""It's not cheap, and it's one of the inconveniences. Most of the time, we use group licensing, permitting us to install servers for three months. When we want to have personal licenses, it costs too much here in Senegal.""Every time I've bought Windows, it came bundled with the laptop, so we are talking about a perpetual license."

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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: 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.
Top Answer: I have found all the features to be valuable. I like the compatibility of Windows with other products, I can add… more »
Top Answer: I do not like the interface of Windows 10 very much and the performance could be enhanced. Sometimes everything is a… more »
Top Answer: I am using Windows 10 on my personal and work computers. Everything application that I use has to go through Windows 10… more »
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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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Sample Customers
Travel Channel, Mohawk Industries, Hilti, Molecular Health, Exolgan, Hotelplan Group, Emory University, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, HCA Healthcare, Paychex, UPS, Intermountain Healthcare, Brinker International, TransUnion, Union Bank, CA Technologies
Air India, Akademicki Szpital Kliniczny (ASK), Allone, Altran, Apollo, ARCHIVA, Asia Innovatory Management School, ATLAS ELEKTRONIK GmbH, AutoData Norge AS, Baldor Electric, Business Connexion, CASIO, Ciclum Farma, Delta Lloyd, Edumate , HPE,  SAP SE,  Lenovo, BMW, T-Systems, UCX, Turners & Growers, Shenzhen Development Bank, Bosch Group, JK Tyres & Industries, IOCL, European Space Agency, Daimler AG, China Minsheng Banking Corp, Café Coffee Day, Unisys,  Petrochina Company Ltd, Fitch Ratings, ABeam Consulting Co Ltd, Tyro Payments, Rackspace, Pacific Textiles, ...
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Top Industries
Financial Services Firm21%
Security Firm7%
Computer Software Company27%
Comms Service Provider25%
Manufacturing Company6%
Marketing Services Firm11%
Manufacturing Company11%
Comms Service Provider28%
Computer Software Company26%
Manufacturing Company7%
Computer Software Company18%
Manufacturing Company13%
Financial Services Firm10%
Comms Service Provider8%
Comms Service Provider41%
Computer Software Company15%
Educational Organization5%
Company Size
Small Business24%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise56%
Small Business10%
Midsize Enterprise37%
Large Enterprise53%
Small Business29%
Midsize Enterprise36%
Large Enterprise36%
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise38%
Find out what your peers are saying about SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows 10 and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
555,358 professionals have used our research since 2012.

SUSE Linux Enterprise is ranked 6th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 9 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 195 reviews. SUSE Linux Enterprise is rated 9.0, while Windows 10 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of SUSE Linux Enterprise writes "Stable with an elegant design and good performance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows 10 writes "Modern apps and features like Windows Hello provide a consumer-friendly experience". SUSE Linux Enterprise is most compared with openSUSE Leap, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS and Oracle Linux, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, openSUSE Leap, Oracle Solaris, Ubuntu Linux and Oracle Linux. See our SUSE Linux Enterprise vs. Windows 10 report.

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