Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs openSUSE Leap comparison

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We performed a comparison between openSUSE Leap and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 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.
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"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.""The most valuable feature by far has been the virtualization capabilities of the operating system."

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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 Red Hat support is most valuable. My team and I are really good at Linux, and we can do almost everything in any kind of Linux solution, but sometimes, we have a really nasty problem, and the Red Hat engineering support at the third level has been fantastic. They know how to fix almost everything. The reason why I pay so much money to them is to have this kind of service and assurance.""The security, ongoing support, and ease of taking a system and getting authorization from a government agency have helped the way our organization functions.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions.""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 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.""It is more supported and supportable in the enterprise sense than Ubuntu or perhaps a smaller distro, but it's also flexible enough to easily transport from platform to platform: ISA to ISA, production to development, and vice versa.""User friendly with good compatibility."

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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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"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.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""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.""It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""The Authselect tool needs improvement. This tool is used to connect your system to an identity provider or directory service, e.g., openLDAP. There is documentation and descriptions. While there are a few use cases and examples described, it is sometimes hard to use these tools to set up the configuration that we need for our specific environment. I would like it if there was more general information about the tool, not just describing a use case. For example, here is how to do it and how to connect to some kind of openLDAP service as well as more information about when you need to configure certificate services and mutual authentication.""The operating system might not be able to handle big scientific problems which require a highly parallel system.""Its user interface could be better for people who want to use the GUI. They can provide a better user interface with more features.""I'm also using IBM AIX, which supports a tool called Smitty. You just put Smitty, and you can do anything. At the backend, the command will run automatically. It is not exactly like a GUI, but you just give the input and it will give you the output. That is something that Red Hat should work on. That would be an added advantage with Red Hat."

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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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  • "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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    Questions from the Community
    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 are stable, there are glitches that occur from time to time, including lost… 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 customer sites, and internally in my new business. I've transitioned away from… more »
    Top Answer:Red Hat Enterprise Linux is fantastic. It is an inexpensive solution that has excellent security, performance, and stability, and also lots of features. I specifically like that the solution has… more »
    Top Answer:The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations.
    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 Subscription, which is a one-year all-you-can-drink access to all of their online… more »
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    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.

    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

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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
    Top Industries
    Comms Service Provider31%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Educational Organization8%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Computer Software Company12%
    Comms Service Provider9%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider13%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Company Size
    Small Business21%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise59%
    Small Business27%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Buyer's Guide
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. openSUSE Leap
    November 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. openSUSE Leap and other solutions. Updated: November 2022.
    656,474 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    openSUSE Leap is ranked 9th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews while Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 45 reviews. openSUSE Leap is rated 9.6, while Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of openSUSE Leap writes "Good virtualization capabilities, stable, and cost-effective ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) writes "Feature-rich, good integration, stable, easy to deploy, and the security is kept up to date". openSUSE Leap is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Windows 10 and Oracle Linux, whereas Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is most compared with Windows Server, Ubuntu Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux and Flatcar Container Linux. See our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. openSUSE Leap report.

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