Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Pros and Cons

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Pros

System Analyst II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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.
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Principal Analyst - AIX and Linux at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.
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Systems Analyst at Intraservice/City of G̦teborg
The solution has features that simplify adoption for non-Linux users. There is an interface that you can activate on RHEL systems, and on other Linux systems as well, so that you will get a graphical user interface instead of just a shell. It's easier for an administrator who is used to only working on Windows.
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Associate Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Customer support is valuable.
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FA
Linux Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
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.
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CL
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.
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Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Cons

System Analyst II at a energy/utilities company with 1,001-5,000 employees
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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Principal Analyst - AIX and Linux at a transportation company with 10,001+ employees
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."
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Systems Analyst at Intraservice/City of G̦teborg
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.
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Associate Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees
Their pricing and documentation can be improved.
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FA
Linux Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.
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CL
IT Manager at a financial services firm with 10,001+ employees
It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.
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