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CentOS - Reliability and security wrapped up in one easy to install package!CentOS is used by our organization to host many services organization wide services. We have various public facing web sites that utilize PHP, MariaDB, and DotNet Core that are hosted on CentOS servers. We also utilize a few CentOS servers to host applications such as UniFi's controller software, Zabbix for infrastructure monitoring and problem alerting, as well as DNS services. We also run FreePBX for our entire organization wide phone system, which is also based on CentOS. CentOS gives us a secure and very reliable OS to host these services on commodity hardware for a very little financial impact.,Quick and easy installation process with sensible and secure defaults. Its very stable and reliable. Very easy to install 3rd party software via upstream repositories.,SELinux that helps to harden CentOS can sometimes get in the way of 3rd party software and working around it can be a trying process.,9,We've been able to run CentOS on various commodity hardware successfully. This can mean tremendous savings if running in virtual environments where automatic fail over or clustering is involved. Downtime is minimal for any hardware failures in these scenarios. Since CentOS does not need to be licensed in any way, savings can be large. With latest versions of Windows Server, a single OS license can run into the thousands where there is no licensing cost with CentOS.,Ubuntu Linux and Windows Server,Windows Server, Ubuntu LinuxCentOS for those who need Red Hat Enterprise Linux but can't afford it.CentOS is a RedHat clone that is widely accepted as the "Go To" Red Hat Linux clone for mimicking a production Red Hat environment. I use it for virtual machines for various services such as web server. CentOS is used as a standard OS. CentOS solves a major business problem which is enterprise service delivery. It delivers robust services on a free platform. CentOS is well-supported with regular security and operating system updates. It is well-suited for all network services, including as a network file share. It shares all the features of Red Hat including that of a virtual host. I use it as an OpenVZ hosting platform but it's quite capable as a KVM host as well.,CentOS provides businesses with a very complete development platform for all open source software languages and some proprietary ones. Entire development environments are available with a few commands or clicks in the GUI. CentOS is a powerful and free web host platform. Using Apache, Nginx, or other web servers, CentOS can be part of a standalone web solution or as part of a large farm of load balanced systems. CentOS provides a free platform for hosting all necessary network services such as DNS, file sharing, printer sharing, DHCP, and more. It also works extremely well as a virtual machine, to further that no cost platform into a farm of systems.,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.,10,Since CentOS is free, our developers and engineers can use it without regard for dipping into project budgets. We can spin up a CentOS VM, use it and then destroy it without having to worry about licensing headaches. CentOS can run on just about any hardware platform: server, laptop, old hardware, etc. so that makes it less expensive in that we don't have to buy specialized hardware for it.,,iMovie, Wireshark, NmapCentOS is a great option for a stable server for small and medium businessesCurrently we use CentOS as a service bus to interconnect through different web servers and applications that provides information in different systems. It has also helped me because it is a stable and robust operating system that helps you not to hang up or get stuck at the time of execution.,is a good operating system to create servers due to its stability and security and budget-friendliness, since it is a free distribution this system is stable and efficient in the consumption of resources, which helps our budget, especially since it has expanded to run Apache, PHP, MySQL and be more on a par with other systems,What I do not like about centOS is that in some installations it has caused problems with the network interfaces which I have to do cumbersome procedures for their configuration In rare cases there is a software that we want that is not available through a repository. I think it would be better if they expand more these repositories to improve the user's experience,9,Updates may take a while to appear. There was a gap of more than a year. It's much more regular now and it looks like it will continue in the foreseeable future,debianCentOS 7 simply the bestThe centos 6.5 Linux operating system is used mainly for our Asterisk PBX solutions. This solution is used for our retention agents to communicate with customers via this system. The O.S is configured at the IT departments and is used for retention contact center. We have addressed a lot of problems for our retention team as we have a more robust solution that can be managed on a reliable operating system. Centos is free open source Linux based system that is stable and prone to various and easy to use. The agents at the contact center can perform the various functions via asterisk solution perfectly.,The operating system is open-source Linux based distribution. These have helped companies to spend money on purchasing licenses unlike the Windows operating system You can find solutions to any issues for the operating system. Since it is a community build, access to basic troubleshooting or problems for CentOS can be found easily online. Other operating systems you might need to pay for their help desk assistance. The command line in CentOS is really a valuable tool especially for the developers. This is one way in which applications can be installed and function properly. But one has to be a master of coding before performing functions on the OS. Security is not an issue for the operating system as most linux boxes are prone to security. Unlike the Windows operating system, you might want to spend money buying an anti virus to run on your servers which is not really cost effective.,Less text editors. Options for full access for admin users. More security functionalities for root access. Server updates can take a while. The time for this can be reduced.,9,Agents' KPI has improved which has helped our companies hit their sales margin. More customers have applied for our product as a result of the CRM solution developed. Improvement of sales within 2 months.,Windows Server and Ubuntu Linux,Windows Server, Cisco Catalyst, Check Point 12000 Appliances
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November 30, 2018

Review: "CentOS - Reliability and security wrapped up in one easy to install package!"

Score 9 out of 10
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CentOS is used by our organization to host many services organization wide services. We have various public facing web sites that utilize PHP, MariaDB, and DotNet Core that are hosted on CentOS servers. We also utilize a few CentOS servers to host applications such as UniFi's controller software, Zabbix for infrastructure monitoring and problem alerting, as well as DNS services. We also run FreePBX for our entire organization wide phone system, which is also based on CentOS.

CentOS gives us a secure and very reliable OS to host these services on commodity hardware for a very little financial impact.
  • Quick and easy installation process with sensible and secure defaults.
  • Its very stable and reliable.
  • Very easy to install 3rd party software via upstream repositories.
  • SELinux that helps to harden CentOS can sometimes get in the way of 3rd party software and working around it can be a trying process.
CentOS is very well suited for server infrastructure, especially if it's a public facing service. However, if it is being evaluated for a desktop experience, there are better options.
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July 31, 2018

Review: "CentOS for those who need Red Hat Enterprise Linux but can't afford it."

Score 10 out of 10
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CentOS is a RedHat clone that is widely accepted as the "Go To" Red Hat Linux clone for mimicking a production Red Hat environment. I use it for virtual machines for various services such as web server. CentOS is used as a standard OS. CentOS solves a major business problem which is enterprise service delivery. It delivers robust services on a free platform. CentOS is well-supported with regular security and operating system updates. It is well-suited for all network services, including as a network file share. It shares all the features of Red Hat including that of a virtual host. I use it as an OpenVZ hosting platform but it's quite capable as a KVM host as well.
  • CentOS provides businesses with a very complete development platform for all open source software languages and some proprietary ones. Entire development environments are available with a few commands or clicks in the GUI.
  • CentOS is a powerful and free web host platform. Using Apache, Nginx, or other web servers, CentOS can be part of a standalone web solution or as part of a large farm of load balanced systems.
  • CentOS provides a free platform for hosting all necessary network services such as DNS, file sharing, printer sharing, DHCP, and more. It also works extremely well as a virtual machine, to further that no cost platform into a farm of systems.
  • 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.
I would use CentOS in any scenario where cost is a concern or where speed and reliability are very important. CentOS is very well suited to Internet-type services, such as network services and N-tier hosting scenarios. It is an excellent database server because of its speed and tunability. Anything that you would use Red Hat Linux for, you can do with CentOS. I would not recommend CentOS as a desktop operating system. There are better distributions for that application.
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February 13, 2018

Review: "CentOS is a great option for a stable server for small and medium businesses"

Score 9 out of 10
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Currently we use CentOS as a service bus to interconnect through different web servers and applications that provides information in different systems. It has also helped me because it is a stable and robust operating system that helps you not to hang up or get stuck at the time of execution.
  • is a good operating system to create servers due to its stability and security and budget-friendliness, since it is a free distribution
  • this system is stable and efficient in the consumption of resources, which helps our budget, especially since it has expanded to run Apache, PHP, MySQL and be more on a par with other systems
  • What I do not like about centOS is that in some installations it has caused problems with the network interfaces which I have to do cumbersome procedures for their configuration
  • In rare cases there is a software that we want that is not available through a repository. I think it would be better if they expand more these repositories to improve the user's experience
This system has good performance as an operating system for servers. In addition to the stability and features of this robust distribution of Linux, it allows for easy configuration for web servers, has a library repository and has the security of source packages released from Red Hat.

They do not have x86 versions of the other distribution. Which is a trend for all operating systems, but I still have some cases where the x64 version will not be installed on the hardware I have
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November 02, 2017

User Review: "CentOS 7 simply the best"

Score 9 out of 10
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The centos 6.5 Linux operating system is used mainly for our Asterisk PBX solutions. This solution is used for our retention agents to communicate with customers via this system. The O.S is configured at the IT departments and is used for retention contact center.

We have addressed a lot of problems for our retention team as we have a more robust solution that can be managed on a reliable operating system. Centos is free open source Linux based system that is stable and prone to various and easy to use. The agents at the contact center can perform the various functions via asterisk solution perfectly.
  • The operating system is open-source Linux based distribution. These have helped companies to spend money on purchasing licenses unlike the Windows operating system
  • You can find solutions to any issues for the operating system. Since it is a community build, access to basic troubleshooting or problems for CentOS can be found easily online. Other operating systems you might need to pay for their help desk assistance.
  • The command line in CentOS is really a valuable tool especially for the developers. This is one way in which applications can be installed and function properly. But one has to be a master of coding before performing functions on the OS.
  • Security is not an issue for the operating system as most linux boxes are prone to security. Unlike the Windows operating system, you might want to spend money buying an anti virus to run on your servers which is not really cost effective.
  • Less text editors.
  • Options for full access for admin users.
  • More security functionalities for root access.
  • Server updates can take a while. The time for this can be reduced.
It is well well suited for PBX solutions such as Asterisk, voice-over IP and CRM solutions, database solutions. Not well suited for security solutions, network monitoring.
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