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"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.""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.""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."

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"Provides workspaces for the entire organization with fewer resources.""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."

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"The solution could be better integrated with Microsoft.""They aren't as user-friendly as Microsoft. The solution can use a better UI.""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.""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."

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"One area that needs improvement is the management console.""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."

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"I use the free version, so I don't have any license fees.""It's an open-source solution that can be used free of charge.""It is not a very expensive solution."

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"Microsoft is relatively inexpensive compared to other database platforms.""This is not an expensive product.""It is an expensive product."

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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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Media Company7%
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Find out what your peers are saying about Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Server and other solutions. Updated: September 2020.
441,726 professionals have used our research since 2012.
Ubuntu Linux is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 16 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 17 reviews. Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.0, while Windows Server is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "A stable, user-friendly solution that has good standardization, visualization, and package management". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows Server writes "Good user interface and technical support, and Active Directory is very helpful for us". Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, openSUSE Leap, Oracle Solaris, SUSE Linux Enterprise and Windows 10, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Red Hat Linux (RHEL), Windows 10, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Oracle Solaris. See our Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Server report.

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