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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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"The most valuable feature of this solution is Hyper-V Live Migration for Critical applications.""I'm using all the features within it and find them all quite helpful.""The active directory that the server provides is the solution's most valuable aspect.""Windows Server is very easy to use.""Every time they perform a new release, the solution gets better and better.""The most valuable feature is Active Directory.""The main features that we are using are active directory, domain, and DNS.""PowerShell is a great feature of the solution."

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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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"Support for direct USB recognition for the virtual machines would improve this solution.""Overall, from a security perspective, Microsoft needs to improve.""The solution could offer higher availability.""The command-line interface should be improved.""Right now what is needed on the server-side is an easier release process. Every year or every third year they are releasing a newer version and it could go smoother.""Better integration with more platforms would be useful.""They can simplify the utilization and control of the system when you have a lot of setups. They provided something called Windows Center or Control Center in version 2019. It's a free tool that comes with the Windows Server. You can install it on your desktop and use it. This tool simplifies the control and monitoring of all servers. If I have 200 servers, I don't need to log in to each one to configure it. I can manage them from this tool. However, this tool needs quite a lot of improvements. It's difficult to use, and they need to improve it.""Sometimes the PowerShell has an overly complicated syntax."

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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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"Microsoft is relatively inexpensive compared to other database platforms.""This is not an expensive product.""It is an expensive product.""In our case, we primarily use Microsoft, so the cost is a lot less. But some of our customers have spent approximately $12,000 a year on the operating system license.""The license model needs improvement.""Our current license is an enterprise license agreement which gives you a whole lot of possibility, especially when you go through an R&D process. For example, you can provision everything, spread the service use over six months, and then wrap it up. It gives you a lot of flexibility.""The Windows Server standard edition is affordable.""We pay yearly for a license. If you ask any vendor they will tell you that it could be cheaper."

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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 »
Top Answer: It's easy to set up and deploy.
Top Answer: It could be more secure. We don't like it because if you compare it to Linux, Linux is better.
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Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world.

Windows Server 2016 is the most cloud-ready server Microsoft has ever built and includes a lot of technology that was inspired from our experience in the public cloud. It has big improvements in security, software-defined infrastructure and technologies to help developers build modern microservice-based applications, in the cloud or on-site. 

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Top Industries
Computer Software Company17%
Financial Services Firm14%
Comms Service Provider11%
Educational Organization9%
Comms Service Provider36%
Computer Software Company17%
Educational Organization6%
Financial Services Firm13%
Computer Software Company13%
Manufacturing Company9%
Comms Service Provider9%
Comms Service Provider40%
Computer Software Company16%
Manufacturing Company4%
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Small Business53%
Midsize Enterprise14%
Large Enterprise33%
Small Business37%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise41%
Find out what your peers are saying about Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: July 2021.
521,690 professionals have used our research since 2012.

Ubuntu Linux is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 49 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 87 reviews. Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.4, while Windows Server is rated 8.0. The top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Versatile, highly-stable, and the best-supported one by the community". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Easy to use, simple to set up, and scales well". Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, CentOS, openSUSE Leap, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), whereas Windows Server is most compared with Windows 10, Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), CentOS, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris. See our Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Server report.

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