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We performed a comparison between Oracle Linux 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 Oracle Linux vs. Windows 10 report (Updated: September 2022).
635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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"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.""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 most valuable features are the specification and technical guides, they are most important the security.""The most valuable feature is the Identity Management. You pay almost the same subscription cost for normal RHEL and you get the central Identity Management. You would need to pay much more if you were using other applications or products like Active Directory from Microsoft.""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.""This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.""Automation is the most valuable feature. I don't like having to solve a problem more than once. If I can just whip up some code to take care of deploying something, responding to something, etc., then that is what I prefer. It is a lot easier out-of-the-box to do than it is with Windows. With Windows, there is always the process of bootstrapping into being able to have the automation framework available, then making the automation framework work.""The integrated solution approach reduces our TCO tremendously because we are able to focus on innovation instead of operations."

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"It has a good amount of mount points.""Oracle Linux is very secure making it one of the most valuable features. Additionally, it is easy to manage.""Oracle Linux is very compatible with other platforms.""Very stable.""The installation is straightforward and it did not take very long.""The most valuable features are performance, frequent update patches, and security.""It is good for web, network, and file management.""Oracle Linux's most valuable feature is flexibility."

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"I have found all the features to be valuable. I like the compatibility of Windows with other products, I can add applications. The general compatibility of Microsoft is good, I know that I can use all the Microsoft products.""The interface is easy to use.""I like the changes made to the user interface compared to the previous version of Windows such as Windows eight and Windows nine.""The main features of Windows 10 are ease of use and performance.""The solution is easy to use.""It is user friendly and very easy.""The solution has good performance. However, I personally prefer Mac.""Windows setup isn't very complicated. Mostly, we have someone proficient in Windows to do our installations."

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"Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""Red Hat can be tricky at times, but all operating systems are. The moves to systemd and NetworkManager haven't made the product more user-friendly. Let's put it that way. The network management they had before was easier and somewhat more reliable than NetworkManager, which Red Hat forces us to use now.""Red Hat's standard deployment is with Satellite and Kickstart, but we're looking at other options to help speed it along. We do have a mix of bare metal and virtualized servers and it's easier to spin up in the virtualized world versus bare metal. That's why we're looking at some options outside of Red Hat, for the bare metal.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""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.""In the past and with older versions, you couldn't expand the root file system without rebooting the server or restarting the operating system. That is something that they have actually corrected now, which is great. They corrected that issue somewhere around RHEL 7.""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."

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"The solution needs to improve there their capability with most of the applications.""The graphic interface could be improved to work better in a desktop environment.""The installation documentation needs to be improved""For usability, the GUI options during the initial setup could be included with advanced functionalities that are now currently only possible on the CLI.""I think they should also pay more attention to the open-source community.""It could also have a more user-friendly interface.""We'd like it if it was a bit more secure.""They should increase security."

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"Windows reboot too often, it is a nightmare. I hate it.""The interface itself could be more user-friendly.""It would be helpful if Windows had its own antivirus to protect the OS. They should provide an antivirus with it.""It would be nice to have more integration with other platforms, something which is always welcome.""Windows 10 isn't as stable as MacOS and requires too many patches. When the patches are installing, it slows down the PC. These changes are complex, and many processes are running simultaneously, so we experience a decrease in speed.""Windows 10 could be improved by making the price cheaper.""The product could be more scalable.""Everything's tied-in via Bluetooth; it's kind of a pain in the ass because it hijacks your calls."

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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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  • "Nowadays, Oracle is very open toward price negotiation; they negotiate well with their clients"
  • "This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge."
  • "The licensing is expensive."
  • "Oracle Linux is very cheap at this time."
  • "The solution is free."
  • "There is a license required for this solution and we are on an annual license."
  • "The licensing cost is expensive. It should be reduced by at least half."
  • "We pay for a license for this solution annually."
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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:When comparing Oracle Linux and Solaris, I believe that Linux is more secure and more flexible. It is also very suitable… more »
    Top Answer:Ubunto Linux is a complete Linux operating system that is freely available with both community and professional support… more »
    Top Answer:It is a good solution, and the performance is good.
    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
    Oracle Enterprise Linux
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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

    Oracle Linux is an open-source operating system developed to assist businesses with virtualization, development, and management of cloud-native applications. Users can utilize the platform to automate performance tracking and security management for hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.

    Oracle Linux can help professionals improve IT infrastructures, inspect source code and binaries, and distribute software updates. Users can use the integrated catalog to learn more about independent software vendors (ISVs) and their operating system apps. Oracle Linux also aids managers in monitoring enterprise workload performance, lowering total cost of ownership (TCO), and keeping track of the latest Linux kernel updates.

    Oracle Linux gives customers the ability to use hardware-accelerated memory encryption to protect active data in RAMs, CPU caches, and CPU registers. Oracle Linux helps Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) users with binary code compatibility. Through a tracing framework called DTrace, Oracle Linux allows software developers to track and analyze the activity of the operating system and user programs.

    Oracle Linux Features

    Oracle Linux has many valuable key features. Some of the most useful ones include:

    • The software is 100% free (no cost) to use, distribute, and update
    • Ksplice allows for zero-downtime kernel and user-space upgrades
    • DTrace provides comprehensive kernel and application tracing
    • For Oracle Linux Support clients, Linux management and high availability are available at no additional cost
    • It's Oracle-optimized and works well with Oracle Database and Oracle Applications
    • New workload optimizations:
      • Enhanced memory performance by attempting to better locate a process near its memory and better placement of tasks that do not fit on a single NUMA node
      • SPECjbb's performance has been improved by up to 3.6 times thanks to optimizations that help reduce lock contention.
      • With bcache, it's simple to employ SSDs as a block cache for slower block devices. A new, scaled block layer subsystem supports many millions of IOps on NVM-Express and high-end PCI-E devices.
    • Oracle Linux has three deployment options:
    • Linux in the cloud: Oracle Linux Premier Support is included in all Oracle Cloud Infrastructure subscriptions at no additional cost.
    • Linux on premises: This is the industry's most comprehensive and open Linux distribution.
    • Embedded Linux design: Embedding a feature-rich Linux distribution is an optimized, cost-effective solution for your business.

     Oracle Linux Benefits

    There are many benefits to implementing Oracle Linux. Some of the biggest advantages the solution offers include:

    • Save money by only paying for support for the systems you need
    • Improve security by applying patches faster and spending less time troubleshooting and updating
    • Improve Oracle software and hardware performance

    Reviews from Real Users

    Oracle Linux stands out among its competitors for a number of reasons. Two major ones are its stability and scalability. PeerSpot users take note of the advantages of these features in their reviews: 

    One PeerSpot reviewer, an IT Manager, reports, “I find the virtualization the most valuable.” He adds, “Oracle Linux is the best Linux operating system that I have ever known. It is very stable and strong.”

    An Enterprise Architect at a financial services firm writes of the solution, “You also don't have memory issues, especially when it is engineered with platforms like Exadata and Oracle Cluster. These give you the most throughput and performance.” He adds, “It is very scalable, especially on platforms like Oracle Cluster and Exadata.

    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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    Top Industries
    Financial Services Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Comms Service Provider12%
    Financial Services Firm12%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Computer Software Company19%
    Financial Services Firm6%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Manufacturing Company12%
    Financial Services Firm10%
    Comms Service Provider8%
    Comms Service Provider32%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Educational Organization6%
    Company Size
    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
    Small Business30%
    Midsize Enterprise9%
    Large Enterprise61%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise17%
    Large Enterprise64%
    Small Business39%
    Midsize Enterprise22%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business20%
    Midsize Enterprise20%
    Large Enterprise60%
    Buyer's Guide
    Oracle Linux vs. Windows 10
    September 2022
    Find out what your peers are saying about Oracle Linux vs. Windows 10 and other solutions. Updated: September 2022.
    635,513 professionals have used our research since 2012.

    Oracle Linux is ranked 5th in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 34 reviews while Windows 10 is ranked 3rd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 195 reviews. Oracle Linux is rated 8.2, while Windows 10 is rated 8.2. The top reviewer of Oracle Linux writes "Reliable, with good technical support, but it works well only with Oracle products ". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Windows 10 writes "Modern apps and features like Windows Hello provide a consumer-friendly experience". Oracle Linux is most compared with Ubuntu Linux, CentOS, Oracle Solaris and Windows Server, whereas Windows 10 is most compared with Windows Server, Ubuntu Linux, Oracle Solaris, openSUSE Leap and CentOS. See our Oracle Linux vs. Windows 10 report.

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