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Oracle Linux Room for Improvement

Technical Presales Consultant/ Engineer at a wholesaler/distributor with 10,001+ employees

Oracle Linux for Oracle databases is the top. There's no doubt whatsoever. However, if you are going to use it for anything else it's going to be a mess, because many packages will not be supported by Oracle.

For example, I was helping an organization back up various Oracle Linux servers using various kernel versions and various distribution versions. The software that I used for backup requires some packages to be pre-installed into the Oracle Linux machine from the distribution itself, but one of the packages was not available from the Oracle repositories. Because it's a Linux machine, I can manually download this package and install it myself. But the problem with that is that Oracle will void the whole warranty if I install a package from a third-party repository.

If you are going to use Oracle Linux for anything other than running Oracle databases, you will most definitely run into a bottleneck situation in which some packages that are needed, you will not be able to download. And, if you download and install them, you will void your contract, which nullifies the point of you getting Oracle Linux in the first place.

Oracle Linux has a particular use case, not like SUSE, or like Red Hat. 

With SUSE, and Red Hat, you can use them for almost any use case, and you can even install Oracle inside both of them, but you can't do the same with Oracle Linux. 

Oracle Linux is built for Oracle databases. It doesn't make sense for me to get Oracle Linux and install the MySQL database. Even though MySQL is an Oracle product, it doesn't make sense. If I am not going to using Oracle databases then I shouldn't go with Oracle Linux.

Oracle Linux needs to support more packages. I understand that they stripped down CentOS and Red Hat, but Oracle is an organization that will be paying the price of Red Hat making CentOS, CentOS-3 as well.

I understand the idea of making the Linux distribution just optimized for their Oracle database, but I'm not going to get Oracle Linux because it works well only with Oracle products. 

I will most likely have a diverse infrastructure. So instead of going with Oracle Linux, I will go with SUSE Linux or Red Hat. Why? Because Red Hat, for example, has support for many, many packages. Instead of me going to get Oracle Linux for the Oracle database and Red Hat for the remaining workloads, why not get Red Hat from the beginning.

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Rusi Popov - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

The installation documentation needs to be improved, especially the current installation guide. For example it states that it is needed to format and to store the installation ISO on a DVD, but this is not possible to do in 8.0+ versions, as the ISO files are 7-9GB - greater than 4GB and the regular DVDs do not support it. The actual 8.3 version ISO cannot be put on USB either, as a file  as the setup requires the 9GB ISO also as a file, but this imposes the use of exFAT instead of FAT32, which is not supported by the system boot. Therefore I installed 8.1 from USB, which went just fine and upgraded to 8.3 afterwards with YUM.

My network card is supported by 5.3 kernel (UEK), but not supported by the 4.x RedHat kernel used too, which I had to realize by chance. My video and network cards are not completely supported in the 8.1-8.3 versions, better compatibility with up-to-date hardware is needed. When looking for compatible drivers, there was no clear statement which drivers are supported. Better directions are needed regarding hardware drivers and how to obtain them.

From my experience with Oracle, I completely rely on its documentation and its presence, completeness and reliability was one of the reasons to choose Oracle Linux. The documentation I see worked for 8.1 or 8.2 setups, but not for 8.3. It needs update - Oracle Linux  8.3 changed the installation procedure and doesn't match the documentation. My experience with Oracle is that what is written in the documentation just works. This time it did not help.

The ability to update the look-and-feel of the Desktop UI would be beneficial - the current one is pale to my taste, it is black, grey and white.

They could provide more repositories of tested software, or at least refer to them and comment on their use.

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Manager, IT at a renewables & environment company with 5,001-10,000 employees

I cannot recall any areas that require improvement, or any missing features I have come across. 

Occasionally, we might get an alert to restart our database, and if we don't do it on our own, the system will do it automatically. That can cause downtime issues if your clients aren't expecting it.

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Master Consultant - RedHat & Oracle Cloud, Virtualization , Automation at a computer software company with 1,001-5,000 employees

Oracle Linux is downstream from Red Hat Linux. This solution has the same pain points. I would probably mention that fleet deployment and management could be improved. 

It would be ideal if they added a faster implementation of the security fixes, if possible.

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Project Manager at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Oracle Linux is almost the same as Red Hat, but it takes a long time to download, in comparison. The download speed is not good. Oracle can improve their servers capacity, especially in Asia.

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Noor Parkar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. System and Storage Administrator at a government with 51-200 employees

The security could always be slightly improved on the product. We'd like it if it was a bit more secure.

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Kevin Honde - PeerSpot reviewer
Data Solution Architect at Econet Wireless Zimbabwe

They don't provide updates.

It could be more secure. They should increase security.

Also, the scalability should be improved.

In the next release, I would like to see it more secure and more usable to adapt to the new technologies that are coming up.

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RusiPopov - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software Engineer at Paysafe

The Oracle Linux graphical interface could be improved by fixing its occasional freezing on personal home laptops. The Oracle Linux development environment in VirtualBox never freezes.

The service could also be improved if the cost of Oracle support was not so expensive.

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Manager of Customer Services with 1,001-5,000 employees

The GUI could be made more attractive.

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Vijay Mehta - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Manager - SAP at Capgemini

The price of Oracle Linux should improve, it is expensive compared to other solutions.

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IT Manager with 1-10 employees

I think the pricing could be improved to be more competitive. I have been using Oracle Linux for a long time. At the moment, I'm trying to expand on our use cases and the GPL license we have is sufficient for that. 

The technical support could be better, as well. 

It would also be great if Oracle Linux had a desktop version. Right now, unline Windows 11 for example, Oracle Linux is server-based only. 

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Enterprise Architect at a financial services firm with 1,001-5,000 employees

Oracle Linux performs best on Linux or Unix. However, you cannot get the same performance or stability in Windows.

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PradeepKumar11 - PeerSpot reviewer
IT Manager at a manufacturing company with 1,001-5,000 employees

The solution could be less costly.

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Devaiss Mohanty - PeerSpot reviewer
Premium Services Sales- CX Professional Services at Cisco

We are not impacted by new releases, because whenever there is a new release, we are informed by our IT team and we prepare accordingly. However, if the number of releases is too frequent you begin to doubt the stability of the system even if it is stable. So if a new release is required, it will be better to consolidate all the features in one release instead of sporadic releases.

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MuhammadMwinchande - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Developer at NMB Bank Plc

Oracle Linux could improve by having better compatibility with other solutions. Some aspects of the configuration are difficult. I was using Oracle Linux on a Mac computer and it was very difficult to set up.

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Cyber security manager at a retailer with 10,001+ employees

The solution could improve by giving the client or customer more control.

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Tushar Rahatekar - PeerSpot reviewer
Sr. Systems Analyst at a maritime company with 10,001+ employees

Performance can always be improved.

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Fresh Operations Manager at Jerónimo Martins

There needs to be overall better integration.

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Information Technology Administrator at a tech services company with 51-200 employees

Most day-to-day applications are not native to this solution. You have to run an emulator or virtual machine, such as VMware to access these Windows applications. 

In a feature release, there could be better integration with applications from other operating systems.

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Interim IT Manager at a wholesaler/distributor with 1,001-5,000 employees

The licensing price could be better. 

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Moses NYOTA - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Software and Cloud Engineer at Velocis Technologies LLC

The documentation capabilities could be better. Although it is sufficient, other solutions provide better documentation. 

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Software Engineer at a computer software company with 10,001+ employees

The solution needs to improve there their capability with most of the applications.

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IT Infrastructure Engineer at a government with 5,001-10,000 employees

The security could improve in the solution.

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SAMUELMWANGI - PeerSpot reviewer
Director at Calidad Systems Limited

The security and integration could improve.

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Manager at a transportation company with 501-1,000 employees

Oracle Linux could improve by having more documentation.

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Sales Manager at a healthcare company with 51-200 employees

Areas for improvement would be the manager and the use of case space coordinates.

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Chief Executive Officer CEO at IT CROWD S.A.S

In the next release, I would like for Autonomous Linux to be available to all users so that the OS administration can be automated.

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Faustine Chisasa - PeerSpot reviewer
Engineering Supervisor- Corporate Data Solutions and Services at TZ Telecoms. Corporation

For usability, the GUI options during the initial setup could be included with advanced OS tuning and optimization, currently as with most Linux systems that can be done via  CLI.

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