CentOS Linux vs. Oracle Linux

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
CentOS Linux
Score 8.4 out of 10
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CentOS Linux is a Linux distribution is an enterprise OS platform compatible with its source RedHat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). Its end of life was announced for December 2021.N/A
Oracle Linux
Score 8.8 out of 10
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Oracle Linux, which is application binary compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, is free to download, use, and share. There is no license cost, no need for a contract, and no usage audits. 24/7 enterprise-grade support is available for business critical environments. A single support offering includes virtualization, management, HA, and cloud native computing tools such as Kubernetes and Kata Containers, along with the Linux operating system. The vendor states that as the only Linux…
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Free/Freemium Version
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Premium Consulting/Integration Services
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Community Pulse
CentOS LinuxOracle Linux
Considered Both Products
CentOS Linux
Chose CentOS Linux
CentOS has a longer release cycle; it also has a much longer support cycle. i think overall CentOS is more stable and secure.
Oracle Linux
Chose Oracle Linux
As CentOS Linux was nearing the end of life, we weighed up either remaining on an unsupported platform (CentOS Linux), migrating to CentOS Stream, or migrating to Oracle Linux. Oracle Linux was the best choice, as the cutting-edge nature of CentOS Stream made it unsuitable for …
Chose Oracle Linux
Performance frequently updates patches and security.
Chose Oracle Linux
Oracle Linux is of Enterprise version and it provides security patches in timely intervals and it has good support when compared to the other.
Chose Oracle Linux
RedHat is going to discontinue CentOS, so Oracle is the best alternative that we have reviewed so far. We run Oracle databases and so far we have not had any major complications, but in the coming months, it will be the definitive replacement for CentOS on our part. since it is …
Chose Oracle Linux
I did not select oracle linux, it selected me :)
As long as its Linux, any of these distributions will work, it just depends where your job will land you.
Chose Oracle Linux
Oracle is a good competitor for RHEL, SUSE, and other Linux OS. I personally feel that Oracle Linux has a great chance to stand at the pinnacle of Linux OS.
Chose Oracle Linux
Though all of these distributives are RPM-based, only CentOS and Oracle Linux have opportunities to use them free of charge on a daily basis. In a difference of CentOS, Oracle Linux have better update support of DBS as well as the RHEL repos and the applications of the Oracle …
Chose Oracle Linux
I found the features of both the products (CentOS and Oracle Linux) are quite similar but the performance of Oracle Linux is better as compared to centOS since it is a highly optimized operating system. It is the best alternative to centOS since memory management turned out to …
Chose Oracle Linux
Oracle Linux is the OS that our monitoring platform lives on. The stability that it provides makes it a great choice for any production environment. The ability to provide a scalable, secure, supported environment has been welcomed by many.
Chose Oracle Linux
As we majorly deal with Oracle stack, and as all of them are not supported by Ubuntu, we had a good chance to explore the in & out of oracel linux.
Chose Oracle Linux
As we have Oracle Database, Weblogic, Solaris, Java, and Forms and Reports. It seemed natural to use Oracle Linux. We were able to integrate all support in a solid company like Oracle, and we can assure our users that they will get extraordinary stability and excellent …
Chose Oracle Linux
We have benefited with the stability of Oracle Linux and cost compared to that of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Windows Server, CentOS, and Ubuntu Linux. As far as combinations of cost, stability, security, support, Oracle Linux is the best overall choice.
Chose Oracle Linux
Oracle Linux has greater integration with Oracle applications, specifically with the VM and database manager.
Chose Oracle Linux
While I've deployed and optimized Oracle databases on several other major Linux distributions such as Redhat, CentOS and even Ubuntu server, none has been as easy in terms of being pre-packaged and ready for an Oracle database install. While most of the advantages can be …
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CentOS LinuxOracle Linux
Small Businesses
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Score 9.0 out of 10
Ubuntu
Ubuntu
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
Enterprises
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Score 9.2 out of 10
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User Ratings
CentOS LinuxOracle Linux
Likelihood to Recommend
7.0
(21 ratings)
8.7
(90 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.5
(5 ratings)
8.3
(81 ratings)
User Testimonials
CentOS LinuxOracle Linux
Likelihood to Recommend
Open Source
In any role where you need raw server power, CentOS Linux is extremely well suited. It is extremely stable, and in my experience, probably the most stable of the Linux distros available. It has a very wide base of support from 3rd party sources for additional functionality that do not come already in the CentOS Linux distribution itself. It is not as appropriate for situations that are customer facing or end user facing. For those, I recommend Ubuntu Linux. But for everything server & compute related, I recommend CentOS Linux.
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Oracle
Oracle Linux is a very good and useful combination of the stability of Rhel and support for Oracle Databases. Our organisation uses an application and a database combo that we offer to the client but after the inclusion of Oracle Linux into our infrastructure, the provision and the operation cost are reduced significantly. So I would recommend using Oracle Linux when you are using multiple on-premises DB servers and want to move to a more secure, organised, and fast operating system.
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Pros
Open Source
  • First of all, CentOS is one of the most secure and stable OSes straits from the box.
  • High performance on the average hardware.
  • In most of my scenarios—easy and quick deployment.
  • Huge KB community that helps to build and support different services on CentOS.
  • Versions lifecycle.
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Oracle
  • We use Oracle Linux distro for every customer. The OS is very easy and absolutely free to develop/host and update our customers' apps and data across the globe. I personally use it in my lab to practice and test some personal stuff
  • We have Oracle Linux database, WebLogic, and e-business suite hosted on Oracle Linux. It is used across our whole organization in running critical applications. It is robust, easy to manage and administer, with rock-solid stability and very minimal server reboots or performance issues. I would highly recommend Oracle Linux over other operating systems.
  • Oracle Linux is trusted in high-volume, transactional, mission-critical production IT environments.
  • Oracle’s Linux support is relied upon for applications that require continuous or near-continuous availability
  • Application performance in general was enhanced as a result of the migration to Oracle Linux from Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
  • Oracle Linux-based VMs are used in our case for hosting a spark-based cluster for processing big data-based workloads. Those VMs have better security configurations and are patched. It has built-in installed packages which come in handy for a developer to start the development activity for the project.
  • We are using Oracle Linux as our primary Linux distribution deployed for our customers, but also for testing purposes on multiple test and UAT environments. Currently, it is used mainly by our department. We aim to provide commercial technical support for customers for our products, and thanks to the Oracle Linux Support program which covers Oracle Linux, we are getting assistance if needed.
  • I work across many different types of organizations. In some cases, Oracle Linux is being used for all database servers across the entire organization. In some cases, it is being selectively rolled out to replace legacy Unix systems. Plus in a few isolated cases, I've helped to replace Windows database servers with Oracle Linux. The common theme across all these different types of organizations is that they want the best Linux for running Oracle, which is pre-tuned and optimized as well as well supported by the database vendor. Oracle Linux wins hands down on these points.
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Cons
Open Source
  • CentOS is not a great desktop platform. Although some would disagree with that statement, I think that CentOS is better suited to life as a server.
  • Since CentOS is community-supported some software vendors will not officially support it because it isn't Red Hat.
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Oracle
  • TigerVNC needs some fine tuning in Oracle Linux 8.4.
  • AutoTuning of Kernal Parameters for Oracle Databases based on the available hardware resources.
  • Embedded IPA Solutions to manage large number of Oracle Linux Systems.
  • Simple commands for LUN management.
  • Proactive SELinux policy violation message to administrator's mailbox.
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Support Rating
Open Source
Again, written documentation is excellent, even on the older versions. The support community is the best. It is comprehensive and I would say that it global because it transcends national boundaries. Also, you find all types of people using CentOS to do all sorts of things so you are bound to find someone to talk to if there are problems.
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Oracle
One of the most robust Linux distributions is Redhat, its forks have given rise to infinite business models and distributions that have defined the market. Oracle Linux, obviously developed by the tech giant Oracle, is constantly releasing a flexible and incredibly stable product while adding its own bunch of new features. Among the most notable is the "Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel" (UEK).
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Alternatives Considered
Open Source
CentOS is based on RHEL, so it really came down to the costs when making the selection between our options. RHEL offered more support and features, but nothing that we specifically needed. CentOS is fully customizable, something Windows Server was also lacking in many ways. The stability and speed was unmatched in comparison to Windows, and we were not utilizing any Windows-specific software to require us to use the Microsoft alternative. My years of experience have also made it a breeze to set up and configure new CentOS instances, leading me to stay where I'm comfortable.
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Oracle
The Oracle Linux definitely comes on the top when it comes down to being easily available as its platform-independent. This is where the masses lie as we have moved to a hybrid work environment where keeping everyone on the same devices is no more required. Linux stands out as it allows the industry workers to implement BYOD in all environments. Software as a service is truly done by Linux. I don’t want to switch to other platforms anymore.
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Return on Investment
Open Source
  • CentOS's support of RPM packages makes it very easy to replicate RHEL servers for development or testing in cheap / free environments
  • CentOS's minimalistic desktop environment requires additional tweaking / packages if you want to have a usable desktop environment with the niceties of other modern distributions. As a result, if developers want to use CentOS, they'll need to spend more time customizing it than other distros.
  • CentOS's easy customization from the command line lends itself well to our virtualization infrastructure where setup can be easily scripted to modify CentOS's configuration files.
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Oracle
  • Oracle Linux provides technical advances that Solaris UNIX does not while saving millions of dollars.
  • Oracle Linux supports automated patching and easy maintenance, allowing less downtime for users and developers.
  • Oracle Linux is recommended for applications already on Oracle Database and using other Oracle products and software.
  • Oracle Linux is a secure, stable, and high-performance operating system that allows hybrid or cloud platforms.
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