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Question: Which would you choose - Ubuntu Linux or Oracle Linux?
Answer: Oracle Linux is an Enterprise product with Server level features. Ubuntu is a Desktop platform not a mature product. only for small business developers applications. not much stable as oracle Linux. if you to run 3rd party server software Oracle Linux usually have better support than Ubuntu. Oracle Linux is a corporate world, But Ubuntu try to fill this gap but still lack of technology stack in server world
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"Its scalability and ease of setup and configuration are most valuable. When we have a hardware failure, we just save the configuration files, and in about half an hour, we have another server running with the same configuration. It is really easy to replace servers. This is the best feature.""Customer support is valuable.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""The feature that I like the most is that we can integrate it easily with our existing infrastructure. We found that it is much easier to deploy RHEL in our environment compared to a competing distribution like Ubuntu.""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.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""The most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""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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"The most valuable features are performance, frequent update patches, and security.""The user interface is comfortable and easy to use.""One of the main features of this solution is it is secure.""Oracle Linux has fulfilled all my requirements so far. It has very advanced features, especially the latest product for this Oracle in a cloud infrastructure.""The installation is straightforward and it did not take very long.""It's very useful for hosting other Oracle products.""We use Oracle Linux to test our software, and we also recommend Oracle Linux to our customers.""The performance is good and the solution has been stable."

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"It is fast and easy to install. It also supports containers and all kinds of libraries. I can do almost everything with it.""The security is very good.""The initial setup is simple.""The solution is more secure than competitors such as Microsoft Windows.""It is scalable. I can customize it based on what I want to do.""One of the most valuable features of Ubuntu Linux is how easy it is to manage. We have some monitoring solutions, so those applications are running on top of Ubuntu. So far, the applications are running in a way that's very stable, compared to other Linux versions and flavors. In terms of redundancy and the command line, it's very easy to manage.""The solution is free to use and open-source.""The most valuable features are the pseudo-terminal and it is the most open-sourced operating system that can be used."

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Cons
"The accessibility to the resources could be more widespread. We have to put a lot of effort into finding indigenous information on the site. For example, the license information is convoluted. This information should be easier for customers to access.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""I'm not sure how the support is being changed in terms of needing to pay for it. That's an area that can be improved. They should offer support without charging users for it.""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."""The vulnerability assessment part should also be improved. We do a lot of patching regularly. They try to fix an issue very quickly, and we also end up facing bugs that are not properly documented. When releasing the general availability for a particular solution, they need to do a lot more work on their side.""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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"In the next release, I would like for Autonomous Linux to be available to all users so that the OS administration can be automated.""It would be ideal if they added a faster implementation of the security fixes, if possible.""The download speed is not good. Oracle can improve their servers capacity, especially in Asia.""The installation documentation needs to be improved""The security could improve in the solution.""For usability, the GUI options during the initial setup could be included with advanced functionalities that are now currently only possible on the CLI.""Technical support slow to respond.""Most day-to-day applications are not native to this solution. You have to run an emulator or virtual machine, such as VMware to access these Windows applications."

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"Like most Linux systems, they can just keep increasing support in Ubuntu for hardware systems. They can increase the number of drivers so that Ubuntu can work on more hardware. They have been improving greatly, but they can definitely keep doing that.""If the user interface were further improved then it would be better because more people would be able to use it.""The product could be easier to manage.""There is not a lot of support for applications in Ubuntu Linux. In the industry, most of the applications work for Windows and Mac. There should be better integration with applications in the future.""The solution could be more stable and secure.""Lack of integration with other operating systems.""A problem we have encountered when installing the package is that certain packages are not available, which requires downloading of them on our part.""The interface could be more user-friendly."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "In terms of the solution’s single subscription and install repository for all types of systems, we can have as many RHEL installations as we want because we have a specific subscription that entitles us to have as many RHEL services as we want. We pay for a subscription and with that we get RHEL and Satellite as well."
  • "Red Hat Linux is inexpensive. Linux solutions are generally inexpensive."
  • "RHEL is expensive."
  • "Because it is a subscription, you can go elastic. This means you can buy a year, then you can skip a year. It is not like when you buy something. You don't buy it. You are paying for the support on something, and if you don't pay for the support on something, there is no shame because there are no upfront costs. It changes the equation. However, we have such growth right now on the Linux platform that we are reusing and scavenging these licenses. From a business standpoint, not having to buy, but just having to pay for maintenance, changes a lot of the calculations."
  • "We have a site license on a yearly basis. Generally, we're okay with its price, but everything could be cheaper."
  • "The licensing with Red Hat is on par with other organizations like Microsoft. We have a site license, which gives us a certain number of servers, perhaps 25,000, for the type of license that we have. That works really well for us."
  • "We are an educational institution and as such, what we pay is less than the average company."
  • "It is more expensive than other vendors in terms of pricing and licensing, but because of its stability, I have to go with it."
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  • "Nowadays, Oracle is very open toward price negotiation; they negotiate well with their clients"
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "The licensing is expensive."
  • "Oracle Linux is very cheap at this time."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and we are on an annual license."
  • "The licensing cost is expensive. It should be reduced by at least half."
  • "We pay for a license for this solution annually."
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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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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fantastic. It is an inexpensive solution that has excellent security, performance, and… more »
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    RHEL is a great place to go. They have a great thing that is not very well-known, which is called the Learning… more »
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    When comparing Oracle Linux and Solaris, I believe that Linux is more secure and more flexible. It is also very suitable… more »
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    Overview

    To put your enterprise in a position to win, you have to break down the barriers that hold you back. With Red Hat Enterprise Linux, a platform with unparalleled stability and flexibility, you can reallocate your resources toward meeting the next challenges instead of just maintaining the status quo.

    For SAP workloads, Red Hat Enterprise Linux for SAP Solutions combines the reliability, scalability, and performance of Linux with technologies that meet the specific requirements of SAP workloads. It’s certified for integration with SAP S/4HANA and built on the same foundation as the world’s leading enterprise Linux platform, Red Hat Enterprise Linux.  For more information on Red Hat's portfolio of solutions for SAP workloads visit www.redhat.com/sap.

    Oracle Linux and Oracle Virtualization are powerful open source foundation products optimized for building both Private and Public Cloud Infrastructure. They provide a secure, scalable, and flexible platform for running both legacy and next generation Cloud Native Applications. As the foundation for Oracle’s Public and Managed Clouds, customers benefit from the comprehensive co-engineering which ensures a robust and highly manageable platform that is battle-tested in one of the worlds largest public clouds.. Unlike many other commercial Linux distributions, Oracle Linux is easy to download and completely free to use, free to distribute, and free to update. And Oracle Linux Support levels are simple and low cost, featuring Premier lifetime support, access to additional management tools such as Oracle Enterprise Manager, zero-downtime kernel updates using Ksplice, and access to award-winning Oracle support resources and customer support specialists.

    For more information on Oracle Linux, visit Oracle.com/linux and see a whitepaper here

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    Oracle Linux is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 22 reviews while Ubuntu Linux is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 81 reviews. Oracle Linux is rated 8.2, while Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.6. The top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Reliable, with good technical support, but it works well only with Oracle products ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Versatile, highly-stable, and the best-supported one by the community". Oracle Linux is most compared with Oracle Solaris, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server and openSUSE Leap, whereas Ubuntu Linux is most compared with CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server, openSUSE Leap and Oracle Solaris. See our Oracle Linux vs. Ubuntu Linux report.

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