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CentOS vs. openSUSE Leap
July 2022
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"RHEL enables us to deploy applications and emerging workloads across bare-metal and virtualized environments and I find those workloads to be extremely reliable. The reliability is so good that I rarely find myself calling Red Hat support any longer. Support is the first benefit of using RHEL, but the second thing is that the platform is so stable that the need to use support is negligible.""The biggest benefit is from a security standpoint. As the product progresses and they come up with new versions, the new security features are addressing vulnerabilities. From that perspective, it has worked well.""The most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""The AppStream feature provides access to up-to-date languages and tools in a way that interoperates with third-party source code. It makes it a lot easier to maintain that, as well as keeps our developers happy by having newer versions of development languages available.""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.""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 most valuable features are stability and supportability... You want to have something that's up and running and stable, something that's not going to crash. But if we do have an issue, we can get somebody for technical support who can help us work through the problems."

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"Setup is straightforward. You can complete it in about 30 minutes.""A valuable features of CentOS is that it's quite stable and doesn't crash often. It's also quite intuitive.""The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat.""I like how you can alternate certain things and minimize admin features on there and just let it run on specific scripts. It's nice. Even if I had to put it in a container, I'd still do it. I prefer Linux over Windows any day.""Very robust and easy to work with.""It’s scalable.""The user interface of CentOS is intuitive, we can also use the command prompt.""It has minimal updates compared to other distributions."

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"The most valuable feature by far has been the virtualization capabilities of the operating system.""The solution is easy for me to use because the backend is derived from FreeBSD and this is something I have been using for over 20 years."

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"Security could be increased.""It is a bit on the pricier side. However, due to the stability and support that they provide to my management and me, we really don't see a reason to choose another way to go. It is hard to get good support.""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."""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 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.""I would like to see improvements made to the subscriptions and management of them.""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.""I would mostly like to see improvement around corporate messaging. When Red Hat 8 came out, and Red Hat decided to change, it inverted the relationship between Red Hat and CentOS. This caused my customers who had a CentOS to RHEL development to production workflow quite a bit of heartburn that several of them are still working out. A lot of that probably could have been avoided through better messaging."

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"Like every operating system, it could be more secure.""CentOS could be improved by being more secure. Of course, we use a firewall, but security is always a concern.""It would be useful if reporting were included as part of the basic license.""The performance could stand improvement.""Previous versions were unstable.""The solution could improve by being more user-friendly.""The solution is stable, however, it could always be even more stable if possible.""I would like to see more frequent updates."

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"In the future, the Active Directory could improve.""Like most Linux-based operating systems, the biggest challenge Leap faces is the GUI."

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Pricing and Cost Advice
  • "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."
  • "If you don't buy the Red Hat subscription, you don't get technical support, and you don't have all the updates. To have everything working like a charm, the cost that you pay for it is worth it. In Bolivia, we don't have the best internet connection. Therefore, we have a local service with all the packages, repositories, etc. We manage them locally, and because we have a subscription, we can update them. So, we have local repositories with all the packages and other things to make it easy for us to update all the servers. Without the Red Hat subscription, we cannot update anything."
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  • "There are no licensing costs for CentOS."
  • "It is open-source, which means it is a free product. It has a one-time deployment cost."
  • "There is no license required for this solution."
  • "There is no price or licensing required — it's open-source."
  • "There are no licensing fees. CentOS is a free solution."
  • "There are no licensing fees for CentOS."
  • "We are using a subscription-based license option for CentOS."
  • "CentOS is a free solution."
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  • "This is an open-source operating system that can be used free of charge."
  • "The cost of this solution was reasonable and it was within our budget."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fantastic. It is an inexpensive solution that has excellent security, performance, and… more »
    Top Answer:The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of… more »
    Top Answer:RHEL is a great place to go. They have a great thing that is not very well-known, which is called the Learning… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature is that it is compatible with RedHat.
    Top Answer:In the future, CentOS will no longer be compatible with Red Hat. I would prefer that it remains compatible because when… more »
    Top Answer:The most valuable feature by far has been the virtualization capabilities of the operating system.
    Top Answer:Like most Linux-based operating systems, the biggest challenge Leap faces is the GUI. I've found that while all of them… more »
    Top Answer:I use Leap as a desktop operating system in my office. I use it primarily for virtualization now, in all of my smaller… more »
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
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    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

    CentOS Linux provides a free and open source computing platform to anyone who wishes to use it. CentOS Linux releases are built from publicly available open source source code provided by Red Hat, Inc for Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

    openSUSE Leap is a brand new way of building openSUSE and is new type of hybrid Linux distribution. Leap uses source from SUSE Linux Enterprise (SLE), which gives Leap a level of stability unmatched by other Linux distributions, and combines that with community developments to give users, developers and sysadmins the best stable Linux experience available. Contributor and enterprise efforts for Leap bridge a gap between matured packages and newer packages found in openSUSE’s other distribution Tumbleweed.

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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm20%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Comms Service Provider25%
    Computer Software Company21%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Manufacturing Company10%
    Comms Service Provider35%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company5%
    Comms Service Provider41%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Educational Organization7%
    Company Size
    Small Business34%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise53%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise65%
    Small Business32%
    Midsize Enterprise30%
    Large Enterprise39%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise23%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Buyer's Guide
    CentOS vs. openSUSE Leap
    July 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about CentOS vs. openSUSE Leap and other solutions. Updated: July 2022.
    622,063 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    CentOS is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 34 reviews while openSUSE Leap is ranked 9th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews. CentOS is rated 8.2, while openSUSE Leap is rated 9.6. The top reviewer of CentOS writes "Relegated to a test bench, and therefore is no longer stable". On the other hand, the top reviewer of openSUSE Leap writes "Good virtualization capabilities, stable, and cost-effective ". CentOS is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server and Oracle Solaris, whereas openSUSE Leap is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Ubuntu Linux, Windows 10, Oracle Linux and Windows Server. See our CentOS vs. openSUSE Leap report.

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