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Find out what your peers are saying about Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows 10 and other solutions. Updated: January 2022.
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"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 integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.""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.""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.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.""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.""It is a well-established operating system. We have tried to implement almost every feature of a version in our environment, and it has been very reliable. We are not facing many production issues on a day-to-day basis. They have well-documented articles on their documentation site and a knowledge base on their website. When we need to implement anything, we are able to find information about the best practices and the solution."

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"The solution has proven to be scalable. It can scale quite well.""The most valuable features of Ubuntu Linux are it is user-friendly, has plenty of features that you can develop and builds your own code. Additionally, it is secure and easy to operate.""Ubuntu Linux is flexible because it has a lot of new features, so you can use it without any problems.""It's faster than Windows.""The solution is free to use and open-source.""The feature that I have found the most valuable is that it is open source. It is also very easy to manage. We can manage it ourselves.""Some of the highlighted valuable features are that is based on Linux, configurable, functional, and robust.""It is stable and quite easy to use as compared to other Linux operating systems. They have created a system like Windows. It is simple and without any problems."

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"We've found the scalability to be good.""The solution is stable.""Microsoft recently has been doing a lot to improve their products and we've been happy with the advances.""The solution is versatile and allows for easy installation.""The solution is scalable. If an organization needs to expand it out, they shouldn't run into issues doing so.""The solution overall works well.""The features that I have found most valuable are that it is user-friendly.""It is easy to use."

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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.""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.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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.""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'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.""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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"It can be improved in terms of user-friendliness for inexperienced users. It also has a lot of scope for improvement in terms of deployment. It is kind of hard for inexperienced users, and the learning curve is very steep. There is not really good documentation for new professionals. Even we are using network servers to install it.""The learning curve is quite high for non-technical users. Therefore, it's not a suitable solution for a general office environment.""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.""When you talk of some of the flexibility, like you want to install from scratch, Windows is more user-friendly compared to Linux.""Occasionally, we have problems with stability.""It could be easier for beginners and the user interface could be more user-friendly.""The installation of Ubuntu is somewhat complicated, requires better documentation.""The solution has a bit of a learning curve. It's not too high, however, you do need to understand the solution to deploy it and work with it effectively."

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"The pricing could be more competitive compared to other products of the same nature.""As a user, I should have a facility that I can secure an entire folder with a password.""The solution could improve by having better security.""The technical support of Microsoft is sometimes hard to reach, they could improve in this area.""The updates could be improved. Sometimes when we update, there are instances where it fails or crashes.""Setup and use between multiple monitors should be easier.""Major update, that poses an issue should be able to be rolled back.""The security needs to improve."

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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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  • "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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  • "Windows 10 is licensed. It was included with the purchase of my laptop."
  • "For my home computer it's a lifetime license, only purchased once."
  • "I think it is fair. I haven't bought it on my own because our laptops are from the company, and our company pays for it."
  • "Windows 10 came with the computer when I bought it, so it was already licensed."
  • "The initial version came with the PCs and the upgrade we were able to get cost approximately $12 per computer. It was really cheap."
  • "The basic operating system of any hardware should be free. Therefore, it should be free. They should charge only for the enterprise level or enabling the hypervisor. They should charge for Professional Windows 10, but the basic OS should be free."
  • "I have never bought this solution myself, I generally get it with my Notebook for free. I think they are competitively priced at this moment."
  • "When we purchase a new machine, it comes with it, and we don't pay separately for the license."
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    Questions from the Community
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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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    Ubunto Linux is a complete Linux operating system that is freely available with both community and professional support… more »
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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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    It's quite simple to install. I don't think that it's a problem. It takes maybe half an hour or less to install. It… more »
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    Windows 10 isn't as stable as MacOS and requires too many patches. When the patches are installing, it slows down the… more »
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    Our operation is remote, and third-party vendors completely provide our PCs. We have a contract with them, so they… 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.

    Super-fast, easy to use and free, the Ubuntu operating system powers millions of desktops, netbooks and servers around the world.

    Windows 10 is one of Microsoft’s most advanced operating systems for personal computers (PCs), tablets, and other similar devices. To date this operating system is active on more than 1.3 billion personal computers worldwide.

    Windows 10 has many features that make it arguably the most popular operating system for PCs on the planet. Included in these are a wealth of security features designed to stop malware from compromising both devices and networks. It has integrations for various multifactor authentication as well as non-password-reliant login technologies such as iris scanning. These keep networks safe from the moment that a user logs in. It also has security tools which not only identify, isolate, and remove threats, but also limit the damage that they can cause.

    Benefits of Windows 10

    Some of the benefits of using Windows 10 include:

    • A wide array of security features that proactively protect your system from malware of all kinds. The Windows Defender Exploit Guard feature constantly scans your system’s background for threats. It identifies, isolates, and removes the malware from your infected network. It can also quarantine infected devices to stave off an outbreak of infection across your network.
    • Allows you to browse the web in a way that protects your network from cyber-threats, enabling you to browse the internet from the confines of a virtual machine. If your device becomes infected, the malware will be unable to spread beyond the virtual machine that it has already infected.
    • The ability to synchronize multiple devices so that you can work from anywhere at any time. Windows 10’s Timeline feature enables you to save your work in a Microsoft application. You can then access this saved work on another Windows 10 device and continue from wherever you left off.

    Reviews from Real Users

    The Windows 10 operating system stands out from the competition for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its ability to secure users from digital threats and its main app management screen, which gives users the ability to easily manage their applications.

    One PeerSpot user who is the founder, president, and COO at an analyst firm, noted Windows 10’s impressive security suite when they wrote, “My impression is that the security via Windows Defender is good enough that I no longer feel a need for another third-party security solution, which had always been the case in the past. I think that perception still holds true.”

    Mike K., a collaboration specialist at a comms service provider, takes note of the main app management screen when he writes, “I like the main window pane where you can sort your mostly used and different types of apps, such as OneDrive, Google Chrome, and Access. I can just open up the main window, and those apps are right there at my fingertips.”

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    Ubuntu Linux is ranked 4th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 82 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 206 reviews. Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.6, while Windows 10 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Versatile, highly-stable, and the best-supported one by the community". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows 10 writes "Modern apps and features like Windows Hello provide a consumer-friendly experience". Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, CentOS, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server and Neverware CloudReady, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, openSUSE Leap, Oracle Solaris, Neverware CloudReady and Google Chrome Enterprise. See our Ubuntu Linux vs. Windows 10 report.

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