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Executive Summary
Updated on October 3, 2022

We compared Red Hat Enterprise Linux RHEL and Ubuntu Linux based on our users’ reviews in four categories. After reading the collected data, you can find our conclusion below.

  • Ease of Deployment: Users of both solutions find them to be relatively easy to deploy.
  • Features: Users of both products feel that they are stable and scalable.

    Users of RHEL find its integration capabilities to be valuable. However, they feel it could be easier to use.

    Reviewers of Ubuntu Linux find it easy to use. However, they feel its management monitoring could be improved.
  • Pricing: Users of RHEL feel that it could be cheaper. Users of Ubuntu Linux find its pricing reasonable.
  • Service and Support: For the most part, users of both products find their technical support to be effective.

Comparison of Results: Based on the parameters we compared, Ubuntu Linux seems to be the slightly superior solution because it is easier to use and cheaper to purchase.

To learn more, read our detailed Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. Ubuntu Linux report (Updated: September 2022).
635,987 professionals have used our research since 2012.
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Pros
"This is a very robust product that doesn't require a lot of handling. It just works.""The security features are better than many other solutions offer.""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.""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.""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 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 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.""We find the Red Hat Satellite deployments very useful. It integrates well with other solutions."

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"The solution is stable.""There are many good automation features in Ubuntu.""The solution provides good security.""The auto upgrade operating system feature.""Ubuntu is great because you get most of the packages or software you need. You get the latest updates and stuff fairly fast.""Ubuntu is very easy to use and you can manage it on your own.""Some of the main features of this solution are it is less prone to viruses since most viruses are written for Microsoft software, and it is easy to use.""Linux-based operating system with good stability, good patching, and a straightforward setup."

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Cons
"It could be a bit more user-friendly. It could also be cheaper.""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.""Security could be increased.""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.""The price is something that can be improved, as they are still being undercut.""Their pricing and documentation can be improved.""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.""There is potential for improvement when it comes to ease of use. It has become easier to use over the years but could be better still. Linux, in general, has never been a simple solution. It's usually a more complex solution than something like Windows. If there is a downside, it's that it is more complex than some of the other solutions."

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"Could be even more light weight than it currently is.""Occasionally, we have problems with stability.""The user interface could be improved.""Its interface could be improved and made richer.""The installation of Ubuntu is somewhat complicated, requires better documentation.""Ubuntu could be improved with more container integration and orchestration of those containers. We are looking to have more cloud-based solutions, like Docker, and container-based solutions, or Kubernetes-based solutions integrated with Ubuntu. Instead of going for VMs, we would like to have more container-based solutions on top of Ubuntu.""The solution could improve by allowing more integration.""Similar to Windows 10, I would like the ability to manage it on Azure or integrate it with Azure."

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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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  • "Ubuntu pricing is reasonable."
  • "It is open source, so it is free. There is no licensing fee."
  • "It is a free product."
  • "Ubuntu is an open-source Linux operating system that can be used free of charge."
  • "Ubuntu Linux is open-source and available to use free of charge."
  • "It is also manageable and financially affordable."
  • "I don't need to pay for the license."
  • "It comes as free software, where there is an option for you to buy support licenses."
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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 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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    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.

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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 Firm19%
    Comms Service Provider14%
    Government14%
    Computer Software Company10%
    VISITORS READING REVIEWS
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider16%
    Government11%
    Financial Services Firm8%
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    Comms Service Provider20%
    Computer Software Company18%
    Financial Services Firm8%
    Educational Organization6%
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    Comms Service Provider27%
    Computer Software Company14%
    Government9%
    Educational Organization8%
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    Small Business38%
    Midsize Enterprise13%
    Large Enterprise50%
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    Small Business18%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Small Business47%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise37%
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is ranked 1st in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 26 reviews while Ubuntu Linux is ranked 2nd in Operating Systems (OS) for Business with 84 reviews. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is rated 9.0, while Ubuntu Linux is rated 8.6. 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". On the other hand, the top reviewer of Ubuntu Linux writes "Low-cost open source operating system with better security and quick support". Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is most compared with Windows Server, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Oracle Linux, Windows 10 and Oracle Solaris, whereas Ubuntu Linux is most compared with Oracle Linux, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Windows Server, CentOS and openSUSE Leap. See our Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) vs. Ubuntu Linux report.

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