Compare Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Server

Ubuntu Linux is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 10 reviews while Windows Server is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews. Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.2, while Windows Server is rated 8.6. 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 "Replacing our physical servers provides HA and is less prone to hardware failure". Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, Oracle Solaris and openSUSE Leap, whereas Windows Server is most compared with Red Hat Linux (RHEL), CentOS and Windows 10. See our Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows Server report.
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Pros
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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The most valuable feature of this solution is Hyper-V Live Migration for Critical applications.Provides workspaces for the entire organization with fewer resources.

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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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Support for direct USB recognition for the virtual machines would improve this solution.One area that needs improvement is the management console.

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Pricing and Cost Advice
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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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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Samsung, eBay, AT&T, Walmart, Cisco, Time Warner Cable, Bloomberg, Best Buy, Dell, Intel, Microsoft, Ericsson, Orange, Wells FargoRakuten, Rackspace, Tyco
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