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Pros
"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.""Customer support is valuable.""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.""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.""The most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""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.""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 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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"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 initial setup is very straightforward.""Every new version is always an improvement on the last.""This is a stable product.""The solution scales well.""Windows 10 is stable and scalable.""The performance of the solution is good and it is easy to use.""We are satisfied with this operating system."

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Cons
"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'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 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'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.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""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.""It is mostly better than other solutions. However, it is sometimes difficult for disaster recovery, so we have to plan accordingly."

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

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"The product could be more scalable.""Windows explorer does not support two windows systems.""They should have something like a dashboard where users can tune the performance. After using Windows 10 for a while, the operating system starts to slow down. It does not operate like it did when you first installed it.""It could have more integration and a better pricing plan.""The solution could always be more secure, even though I am quite happy with its level of security at the moment.""The solution could improve hardware compatibility by being able to support the latest versions.""There are a lot of patches that are released frequently that always ask for a reboot. This causes errors and unpredictable actions on the computer. Sometimes it will get hot and reboot and all those kind of patches which will happen after an installation. That is something that needs improvement.""I have some challenges with the search box. It's a good tool, but sometimes there are some problems. For example, I can't find an application that I installed earlier."

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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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  • "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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  • "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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    The most valuable feature by far has been the virtualization capabilities of the operating system.
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    Like most Linux-based operating systems, the biggest challenge Leap faces is the GUI. I've found that while all of them… more »
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    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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    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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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux, RHEL
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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.

    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.

    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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    Financial Services Firm21%
    Government21%
    University14%
    Security Firm7%
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    Computer Software Company27%
    Comms Service Provider26%
    Government8%
    Manufacturing Company6%
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    Comms Service Provider41%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Government8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
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    Comms Service Provider41%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Government6%
    Educational Organization5%
    Company Size
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    Small Business26%
    Midsize Enterprise19%
    Large Enterprise56%
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    Midsize Enterprise40%
    Large Enterprise51%
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    openSUSE Leap is ranked 9th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 2 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 206 reviews. openSUSE Leap is rated 9.6, while Windows 10 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of openSUSE Leap writes "Good virtualization capabilities, stable, and cost-effective ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows 10 writes "Modern apps and features like Windows Hello provide a consumer-friendly experience". openSUSE Leap is most compared with SUSE Linux Enterprise, Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Linux and Windows Server, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, Oracle Solaris, Ubuntu Linux, Neverware CloudReady and Google Chrome Enterprise. See our Windows 10 vs. openSUSE Leap report.

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