Ubuntu Linux Alternatives and Competitors

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reviewer1301145
CEO at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
Top 5Leaderboard
Sep 29, 2020
Powerful with high availability and very stable

What is our primary use case?

Clients mainly use the solution as a database operating system in many environments. Most who are using it are financial institutions, telecoms, or companies in the energy sector.

Pros and Cons

  • "Oracle Solaris is great due to the fact that it actually is meant for high-end servers."
  • "Currently, there are two variants, there's SPARC and there's x86. I would have wanted a scenario where they're all just one product."

What other advice do I have?

In our company, we don't use Oracle Solaris. As a person, I was employed as a Solaris System Administrator. I'm just a consultant. We don't use Oracle Solaris, because we're not big enough to use the solution ourselves. Overall, I'd rate the solution nine out of ten. I would highly recommend Oracle Solaris. It's a stable operating system and it's been around for a long time. If you're planning to have an Oracle Database, the best operating system for the Oracle Database is Oracle Solaris. If anybody is implementing a new solution or a new environment and thinks of putting in Oracle Database…
reviewer1390797
Director Lean Infrastructure at a tech services company with 201-500 employees
Real User
Top 10Leaderboard
Aug 5, 2020
Familiarity, maturity and popular productivity tools make this OS almost indispensable

What is our primary use case?

I am using Windows 10 together with Ubuntu Linux as an operating system.

Pros and Cons

  • "It is familiar and mature and runs the most popular productivity tools."
  • "The operating system could be more configurable and compatible in integrating with other operating systems."
  • "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."

What other advice do I have?

Any advice I have for people considering this product depends on the use case. I would definitely recommend using Windows 10 as an operating system and a familiar choice. But I would definitely also recommend trying other operating systems. It is very important to know what other operating systems have to offer. This one operating system has massive dominance on the market and I do not like the way that 90% of the people are using only Microsoft products without even considering anything else. It is limiting. So my advice is: learn more about other desktop experiences and try Linux as well to…
reviewer1392543
Database Administrator at a comms service provider with 1,001-5,000 employees
Real User
Top 5
Aug 28, 2020
Good user interface and technical support, and Active Directory is very helpful for us

What is our primary use case?

We use Windows Server to host all of our Windows-specific applications, such as Active Directory. We also use it for our systems that are running Microsoft SQL Server, since it used to be dependent on Windows. That is no longer necessary because we have an option to run it on Linux, as well. Our infrastructure includes systems from Microsoft, Linux, and IBM.

Pros and Cons

  • "The most valuable feature is Active Directory."
  • "Better integration with more platforms would be useful."

What other advice do I have?

This is quite a good product and one that I recommend. I wouldn't recommend anything that does not integrate well with remote working tools, as most people are now working remotely. We are able to manage our systems from home. Overall, deployment is quite straightforward, the technical support is quite good, and we are happy with the product. That said, nothing is perfect. I would rate this solution an eight out of ten.
NareshMote
Data Engineer at a retailer with 10,001+ employees
Real User
Top 5
Oct 25, 2020
Offers leading performance and security for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments

Pros and Cons

  • "Oracle Linux is very compatible with other platforms."
  • "I think they should also pay more attention to the open-source community."

What other advice do I have?

If you're interested in Oracle Linux, make sure you know the infrastructure of where it's going inside and out. You have to have a clear idea of where exactly your organization is heading in the future, whether private cloud or public cloud. These decisions are not made in seconds, minutes, or even days or weeks. But you have to have a clear idea. For example, if a company wants to use Oracle Linux and they think after two or three years they might be in a hybrid cloud, or maybe a public cloud, they had to make sure they aren't too dependent on the operating system. Whatever software packages…
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