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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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"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.""Customer support is valuable.""The best system I've ever used is Red Hat, in terms of its ability and consistency of the operating system. Other than that, the vast majority of applications that I had, you can deploy Red Hat with the support of the vast majority of applications. We don't have many issues with the OS, the support is very good.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""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.""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.""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."

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"The most valuable features are performance, frequent update patches, and security.""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 good thing about Oracle Linux is that it's free, as long as you don't want support.""Oracle Linux is very compatible with other platforms.""It's very useful for hosting other Oracle products.""Very stable.""The installation is straightforward.""We use Oracle Linux to test our software, and we also recommend Oracle Linux to our customers."

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"The tools we are using for this project are compatible with this solution.""Ubuntu Linux is flexible because it has a lot of new features, so you can use it without any problems.""It keeps you secure from virus and malware attacks.""The solution has a very good graphical user interface.""The auto upgrade operating system feature.""The main distinguishing feature between Ubuntu and other Linux distribution is that Ubuntu has excelled at user-friendliness. It's very easy to use.""The initial setup is very easy.""There are several manuals online that are free and available to help you."

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Cons
"I would like training to be added to the subscription. It would be useful for when you have to train yourself or get a certification. There are many things that we are not using because we don't know how to use them. Having training included in the subscription would help us in learning more things and utilizing the full power of the solution.""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.""The biggest thing that is crushing RHEL is documentation. Their documentation is haphazard at best. The man pages that you can use locally are pretty good, they've been fleshed out pretty well, but the documentation from Red Hat itself really needs somebody to go through it and review it.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""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.""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.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut."

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"Occasionally, we might get an alert to restart our database, and if we don't do it on our own, the system will do it automatically. That can cause downtime issues if your clients aren't expecting it.""The solution needs to improve there their capability with most of the applications.""For usability, the GUI options during the initial setup could be included with advanced functionalities that are now currently only possible on the CLI.""The security and integration could improve.""Technical support slow to respond.""I think the pricing could be improved to be more competitive.""Oracle Linux could improve by having more documentation.""They should increase security."

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"The repository needs to be kept up to date all of the time.""It can have more security.""You need a lot of bandwidth during the initial setup in order to pull from the repository. Without good bandwidth, you'll get cut off and the implementation will fail.""The user interface could be improved.""The encryption of the partition regarding software systems could be improved.""There is a large open-sourced community that is helpful. I had a lot of problems when starting out and there was plenty of assistance throughout the community. Since everyone is helping for free the support could be better.""Debian have a more stable operating system than Ubuntu Linux.""It could be better for working with software at a high resolution."

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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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    The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of… 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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    Ubunto Linux is a complete Linux operating system that is freely available with both community and professional support… more »
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    The most valuable feature is the binary compatibility i.e. that Oracle Linux is 100% compatible with Red Hat Linux.
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    The tools we are using for this project are compatible with this solution.
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    There is not a license needed for the solution. You only have to pay for technical support.
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    There should be more integration with other operating systems applications. It would be beneficial if there was a way to… 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 82 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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