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Score 8 out of 10
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We use CentOS for all of our Linux hosts and Linux containers, for webservers as well as application servers, and addresses the need for a solid platform to run generic code, without worrying about licensing or justifying initial cost.
  • As it is derived from the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux distribution, most instructions for installing enterprise software on Red Hat also work on CentOS, including the package manager.
  • CentOS lags behind Fedora (the other free Red Hat derivative supported by Red Hat), which makes it a solid choice for the enterprise (or even SMBs - stability is universally appreciated!).
  • CentOS isn't (and may never be) a strong contender for a desktop (GUI) Linux distribution.
If you need a Linux host for running server software, you almost can't go wrong by installing CentOS - the Red Hat ecosystem is one of the most highly-supported Linux distributions.
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July 17, 2019

Why I love CentOS

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Most of our development team works with opensource tools and contribute towards the improvement of CentOS and other Linux based tools and our default Operating system is CentOS. Our system administrators and Linux engineers mostly operate with CentOS.
  • It is highly customizable.
  • Very secure.
  • Very stable distribution with a wide user community.
  • It is a little complex because few c/c++ libraries will give dependencies issues.
  • Installing/uninstalling packages in RHEL is a little bit of a headache.
  • Not being able to run certain things on CentOS because everything is so out of date.
  • CentOS is great for businesses and developers that don't need the newest releases. CentOS is more stable and secure because of that - it always uses stable (but older) versions of their software.
  • When developing/publishing PHP based projects, we always prefer to use CentOS. We always use unmanaged services so there is no problem of sticking to older versions of PHP. We use PHP 7.1 / Laravel 5.4 without any problems on CentOS.

    On the other hand, when we are working with Ruby-based projects- we do face dependency issues with c/c++ libraries while installing certain newer gems on CentOS.

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Score 5 out of 10
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As our organization looked to shift to cloud development, we need to standardize on a cloud-friendly Linux distribution. We evaluated CentOS for this purpose within my development team with the idea being that CentOS offered compatibility with rpm packages, and could largely mirror an expensive Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) server, without the cost. Unfortunately, we found that CentOS 8 was not fit for this purpose.
  • Barebones user-interface - CentOS doesn't aim to be flashy, and takes a no-nonsense approach to the user interface. Unfortunately, this is also one of its downsides.
  • RPM package compatibility - CentOS can readily use most RPMs making it trivially easy to set up a machine for development that you'll want to mirror for production.
  • Command Line Customization - CentOS is easier than other distributions for customizing from the command line, making it easier to automate the deployment of a new instance.
  • Ugly User Interface - I can deal with a simple and barebones interface, but that doesn't mean it needs to look like it was designed in the early 90s.
  • Smaller user base than other distributions - CentOS, while well established as a viable Linux distribution, lacks as strong of a user base as other distributions, making it more difficult to get support on user forums.
  • Drive compatibility - CentOS lacks as robust driver support as other distributions. For instance, in my most recent install, I still needed to install networking support packages, rather than having in-built support.
CentOS is ideal if you need to replicate a Red Hat Enterprise Linux server setup for cheap/free, as you can use most, if not all, of the same packages you use on your RHEL set-up. It's also ideal if you need something that you can easily customize from the command line (such as in a virtualized environment.) It's less ideal if you want user community support or a user-friendly desktop environment.
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Score 10 out of 10
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CentOS is the standard flavor of Linux that we've used for our VMs, throughout the company. Based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, you know you are getting a solid Linux distro.
  • Base image for virtual machines
  • Great OS for running Docker
  • Based of solid RedHat enterprise linux, so compatible with pretty much everything
  • I haven't had a reason to try anything else really
I use CentOS as my flavor of linux, at work and at home. Its supported by many / most cloud providers, so it's my standard base VM image.
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July 06, 2019

CentOS rocks!

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CentOS is our go-to. For any software that can run on Linux, we choose it. We don't have to mess with Microsoft licensing and Windows updates. It is fast, stable, and relatively easy to use if you are familiar with Linux at all. If you are having a problem a quick Google search will typically turn up an answer.
  • Fast
  • Stable
  • Well documented
  • Secure
  • Not a big fan of Firewalld in CentOS 7 but it's pretty easy to switch back to Iptables if needed.
We use it anywhere we can.
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Score 9 out of 10
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In most cases, I have been and still am using CentOS operating system as the base for information/cyber security virtual appliances. In my practice, I have been using a lot of different virtual information security appliance from different vendors. Most of the vendors are placing their Infosec related software on top of CentOS operating systems. Also, I have been using CentOS servers for a telephony system.
  • 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.
  • Configuring network interfaces sometimes causes a lot of issues, especially when you are using it out of regular configuration.
  • Server updates—would be better to decrease the time for that.
  • CentOS is not a good desktop solution.
For the same type of tasks/roles that I have been using, I would definitely recommend CentOS for my colleagues. 9 out of 10 because it is a very stable and secure solution, but for some different tasks, there are lots of other Linux OSes that could be a better fit. For example, RHEL sometimes has better support of software vendors. Or, Ubuntu-like systems are better for GUI and desktop experience.
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Score 10 out of 10
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In IT, we use CentOS Linux servers to provide various supplementary services to our infrastructure. It is a great cost-free alternative to the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux product. It is built using the same source code as RHEL with just cosmetic modifications made due to licensing/trademarks. Each version has a 10-year life cycle so we can deploy it knowing that it will be supported for the long haul.
  • Built on the same source code as RHEL. Each version has been thoroughly tested and customizable.
  • CentOS provides a rock-solid basis for applications that rely on maximum uptime. This has helped our services to maintain excellent availability.
  • While commercial support contracts are available, the project has a huge following/community and is always willing to assist.
  • To maintain maximum stability, software packages may not be the latest and greatest versions but you can easily compile their source code yourself if a packaged version is missing certain functionality.
  • Sometimes, the major version releases of CentOS may be delayed in delivery due to the project's infrastructure limitations. RHEL sets the cadence and others like CentOS and Oracle Enterprise Linux follow soon after.
  • As it's meant for server installations, personal computer and laptop peripherals that sport the latest technologies might not be supported right away.
CentOS is well suited for cloud-based infrastructure and installations. The minimal install is small and can be extended as needed by simply requesting the package manager software to download and install it. It is great for HPC and cluster configurations as it scales very well. Lesser known non-mainstream hardware may not have support in the operating system as it is geared towards stability.
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Score 7 out of 10
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CentOS is currently being used as the primary OS for our Zabbix Server and our Web Server that hosts a couple of our websites. CentOS is a very stable build of Linux based off of Red Hat but it is free so you get a lot of the power and features of Red Hat Enterprise but you do not need to pay for any licenses. We are using it because we wanted to run our web server on a very minimalistic and quick operating system that we knew would we not really run into any issues with. I can say for as long as I have been dealing with the server side of things I have never had any problems with our web server or our Zabbix server.
  • CentOS is very secure and stable. It is on par with RHEL and receives a lot of the same corporate level security updates making it a great choice for all users.
  • Another strength of CentOS would be its longer release cycle and longer support cycle. RHEL packages have been through a lot of testing before going to the repositories. This helps makes sure that all bugs are found and "hopefully" fixed prior to being released. Both RHEL and CentOS releases are usually supported for about 10 years.
  • Then I think really the other thing is just speed as I mentioned above. CentOS runs very basic software and will run much faster than other similar Linux distributions.
  • I also really like CentOS Web Panel for our web server. I don't know if that was built in or if it was something we added on, but it is a free application that allows us to manage our hosted sites very easily and see how everything is doing. We can just open up a web browser and browse out to CWP and see all the stats of our websites.
  • The hugest drawback, but also the best feature of CentOS is the lack of updates. It is awesome because you know what you have installed on your server is going to just work, but it works because the release is usually older and has been tested to work. With that being said you don't get the latest and possibly greatest versions of the software. So you could be missing out on some great new features.
  • Nothing else really I feel is a con. It is a really good Linux server option.
CentOS is a beast of a Linux Server. If you need something that is minimalistic, fast and you know you can just drop whatever you want on and just let it continue to run, CentOS is the way to go. I would not use this if you are the type of person or company who always wants to have the latest and greatest features. You would probably have better luck with another Distro like Ubuntu.
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Aaron Smith profile photo
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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Score 10 out of 10
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[CentOS is] Used as a minimal Linux system for mail handling and web reverse proxying.
  • Robust
  • Good package management
  • Fast security patching
  • Increase number of standard packages rather than having to use EPEL releases
  • Increase speed of getting latest version of base packages
  • More Stable arm builds
Well suited to web servers and less suited to high compute loads
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Score 10 out of 10
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We use CentOS for all of our Linux hosting servers that is over 2000+ servers in production and about 70% of them uses different versions of CentOS its a great alternative to RedHat which charges licensing fees whereas CentOS is opensource and perfect for our and our clients' needs.
  • Server Management
  • Web Hosting Management
  • Secure compared to Windows
  • Support for cloud and containers
  • Documentation is not comprehensive
  • Issues reported take a while to get corrected.
CentOS is well suited for Linux-specific operations, although you can run a VM on it and install Windows, it is best to use it has the native operating system. Where it's not suited for is for Desktop or any solutions where it calls for Windows OS. Over all CentOS can be used with alternative softwares that require windows.
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Score 9 out of 10
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In IT, CentOS is used by our organization to host many of the service's organization-wide services. It is a great cost-free alternative to the commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux product. It is built using the same source code as RHEL with just cosmetic modifications made due to licensing/trademarks. 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. Also run FreeSWITCH for the entire organization-wide phone system, which is also based on CentOS.
  • Easy installation process with sensible and secure defaults.
  • Its very stable and reliable.
  • Good package management.
  • Fast security patching.
  • CentOS is community-supported, so some software vendors will not officially support it because it isn't Red Hat.
  • CentOS is not a great desktop platform, only for servers.
Very well suited for cloud-based infrastructure and installations, very well suited for server infrastructure, especially if it's a public facing service. Great for VoIP apps.
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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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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

CentOS 7 simply the best

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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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