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We performed a comparison between CentOS and Windows 10 based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

Find out in this report how the two Operating Systems (OS) for Business solutions compare in terms of features, pricing, service and support, easy of deployment, and ROI.

To learn more, read our detailed CentOS vs. Windows 10 report (Updated: September 2022).
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"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.""Customer support is valuable.""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.""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 thing about Red Hat is its stability, uptime, and support for various hardware vendors. Linux servers, in general, are relatively secure and they are more secure than Windows and other products.""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.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""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 technical support is good.""The user interface of CentOS is intuitive, we can also use the command prompt.""The most valuable features of CentOS are it is built from Linux, has good performance, and can we can create scripts. The scripts are you to do minor work automatically.""The most valuable feature is the limited resources the solution uses in operation.""CentOS is very efficient and very powerful with many capabilities.""The pricing is good. We pay a minimal fee.""It has all the features of Red Hat, but you don't have to pay for the subscription.""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."

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"I would say that the solution is stable.""Windows 10 is very up-to-date. It's a big upgrade from Windows 7. Cortana is a very important feature.""Windows 10 provides good functionality and is easy to use.""The solution is easy to use.""I like the stability, the performance and the ease of use.""People who have been using Windows tend to keep using it because they are familiar with it, they do not start using Apple or something else. There has been a lot of improvement from previous versions and can be used on many systems.""The install was easy for this solution.""The solution has been very stable."

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"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.""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.""Large application vendors may not have certified RHEL, or they have certified an older version. Most of the large application vendors are unfamiliar with the versioning that RHEL introduced, which I strongly support. They will support a given sub-version up to a point, not realizing that the sub-versions are essentially additive.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly.""I would like to see improvements made to the subscriptions and management of them.""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.""The cost could be lower. Red Hat is considered a costly solution. It can be expensive if you want all the features in the license. A cheaper license would make Red Hat more accessible to a broader range of users.""Network virtualization resources could be better. When you have any kind of trouble with network virtualization, such as with OVS, which is like a switch in a virtual environment, it takes many hours to find what is happening. Other vendors, such as VMware, and even other Linux implementations for network virtualization have better resources. It is much easier to escalate, and there is better documentation."

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"The server system is a little bit tough to manage.""In terms of commands, it's all CLI and there isn't any GUI which can make it challenging to use for some people.""Continuous deployment is the only thing that can be improved.""It would be useful if reporting were included as part of the basic license.""When comparing the GUI of CentOS to Microsoft Windows or Mac, it could improve.""The solution could improve by making the management tools better for the DevOps teams. For example, WebEX and Webstacks.""As an open-source solution, there isn't much technical support.""The GUI interface could always be better."

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"Lack of alerts when there are issues with connectivity or power surges.""The apps view that I get on my screen is not much useful for me. If I have to search for anything, I go to the Search bar and type there. They can maybe include integration with some third-party products.""The license for Windows 10 is a little bit expensive.""The solution could improve by having better security.""There is some room for improvement in the security of the solution.""The price could be cheaper.""Although the solution has been pretty nice to use, I have encountered certain bugs in the updates.""The interface could be more user-friendly."

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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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  • "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 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."
  • "This solution could definitely be a little cheaper."
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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:Microsoft could improve the support for installing programs. It should be easy to install programs from Microsoft and… more »
    Top Answer:We use Windows 10 for regular office jobs and automation design.
    Also Known As
    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.

    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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    Travel Channel, Mohawk Industries, Hilti, Molecular Health, Exolgan, Hotelplan Group, Emory University, BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina, HCA Healthcare, Paychex, UPS, Intermountain Healthcare, Brinker International, TransUnion, Union Bank, CA Technologies
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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider15%
    Financial Services Firm7%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Educational Organization9%
    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Manufacturing Company6%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business17%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise66%
    Small Business31%
    Midsize Enterprise29%
    Large Enterprise40%
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise18%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise21%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Buyer's Guide
    CentOS vs. Windows 10
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about CentOS vs. Windows 10 and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
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    CentOS is ranked 7th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 36 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 195 reviews. CentOS is rated 8.2, while Windows 10 is rated 8.2. 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 Windows 10 writes "Modern apps and features like Windows Hello provide a consumer-friendly experience". CentOS is most compared with Oracle Linux, Ubuntu Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise and openSUSE Leap, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Solaris, openSUSE Leap and Neverware CloudReady. See our CentOS vs. Windows 10 report.

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