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Score 8.8 out of 100

Likelihood to Recommend

FreeBSD

FreeBSD is an excellent choice to continue using older hardware and have it perform, it is a great choice for a UNIX based development environment. Although I haven't used it as a server, it is most suited for this - it would make an excellent, secure and robust server for and I would love to start using it for this as well.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

It is well suited for an administrator team that is accustomed to pointing and clicking on items in a GUI fashion. All of the configurations can be performed this way if one chooses not to go the CLI method way. SUSE Linux works well with Microsoft environments and it's really easy to join a SUSE Linux server to an AD infrastructure as a member server and configure user authentication so that the server's resources can be accessed.
Roger Mialkowski | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pros

FreeBSD

  • Performs really well, even on older hardware
  • Secure
  • Robust
  • Package manager (pkg) is excellent
  • Large collection of ported software from Linux
  • Documentation is excellent (FreeBSD Handbook)
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  • Consistently performs well across various CPU architectures.
  • It's very well supported both by the parent company, as well as SAP and other third-party companies.
  • It is upgradeable across versions. We've performed upgrades from version 10 to 11 and from 11 to 12 without any major issues.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

FreeBSD

  • Installation can be tricky for first timers
  • You need to be comfortable using a command line terminal most of the time
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  • I haven't really faced problems with Suse Linux. But one of our applications generates Excel and Word doc reports on the server. We had a little challenge making it work on Suse Linux, as Suse Linux doesn't support Windows utilities directly.
Amanda Decker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

FreeBSD

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.0
Based on 1 answer
For the breadth of services, features and overall performance, I believe Suse Linux is a great choice for any enterprise. It still has to grow a bit in areas like online help forums and documents, but we are pretty much satisfied with our choice.
Amanda Decker | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

FreeBSD

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 8.7
Based on 2 answers
It's great for basic support issues. But it's less suited for anything that is either obscure or uncommon, and it is very hard to escalate, unless you've built a relationship with your vendor/salesperson.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

FreeBSD

FreeBSD was the only operating system out of many I tried to install easily on older hardware and to run in a very performant way. For example, I had a lot of trouble trying to get Ubuntu to install on older hardware and when it did, it was too slow to use. FreeBSD installed quite easily and even after installing a desktop such as XFCE - it still run surprisingly fast. I was very impressed with it's performance, which it seems is a goal of the FreeBSD project.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

SLES is comparable to RedHat, where both of them have massive customer loyalty in their own niche markets. However, RedHat is much widely used, even though both of them are RPM-based. RedHat has the backing of the USA tech companies which just make them a giant compared to SLES. However, sometimes the application development is much easier in SLES compared to RedHat. Also if you are in the market for a very long term solution based on my experience I would say it is better to go for SLES.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

FreeBSD

  • As FreeBSD is free - the ROI is at least the cost of some commercial Linux or Windows based OS (which can be very expensive)
  • Allowed the re-use of older hardware that would have otherwise been disposed
  • No cost development environment
  • Opportunity for a no cost server setup also
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

  • Compared to others, use is more stable and scalable; easy to manage.
  • The administration tools are very useful in helping the staff performance.
  • SLES proved to be a very extendable product, supporting all of our infrastructure.
  • The major reason I chose to use the product was the extensive enterprise peripheral support.
Carlos Daniel Casañas Bertolo ஃ | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

FreeBSD

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

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