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What is Oracle Linux?

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…

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What is Oracle Linux?

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…

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What is Oracle Linux?

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 distribution with zero-downtime automated patching for kernel, hypervisor, and critical user-space libraries, Oracle Linux improves performance of all workloads and is optimized–out of the box–for Oracle software. Autonomous Linux, a self-patching, self-tuning, high-performance implementation of Oracle Linux is available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.



Oracle Linux Features

  • Supported: Zero-downtime automated patching for kernel, hypervisor, and critical user-space libraries
  • Supported: Optimized–out of the box–for Oracle software
  • Supported: A single support offering includes Linux, virtualization, management, HA, and cloud native computing tools
  • Supported: Available on premises, in the cloud, and as Autonomous Linux

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Oracle Linux Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise, Software as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsLinux
Mobile ApplicationNo

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The most common users of Oracle Linux are from Enterprises (1,001+ employees).
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Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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When the end of life was announced for CentOS 8, we switched some of our environments to Oracle Linux 8, as this seemed like the path of least resistance. Having previously used Oracle Linux 6, we knew that the migration would run smoothly and that everything we loved about CentOS would remain. Oracle Linux gives us the certainty of stability that we once had with CentOS--a certainty that we are not sure is there with CentOS Stream.
  • CentOS/RHEL compatibility is top notch.
  • The migration script is very easy to use.
  • Oracle Linux has been freely available since version 6, so there is the confidence that it will remain that way.
  • The repositories seem slower than the CentOS repositories.
  • It is poorly marketed to the wider enterprise Linux community.
  • Oracle's aggressive reputation does make some customers nervous about selecting it.
Oracle Linux should be at the top of your list when considering a replacement for your CentOS 8 servers. The excellent compatibility and ease of migration mean that you have a worthy, stable replacement for your CentOS environments, without the risks of CentOS Stream or confusion with Red Hat's subscription model.
May 17, 2022

Perfect

Mehrdad Salmannouri | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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I have installed Oracle 11,12 on Oracle Linux for banking core software DB and the only problem was getting updates from the source because of restrictions.
  • Stable
  • Reliable
  • Fast
  • Very user friendly and smooth to work with and many documents
  • Handy
  • User friendly
  • Available documents
  • The main data base of many banks are on it and running very wel
Core Banking database is on oracle linux and also all the online banking software are on Oracle Linux because of integration between DB and app servers.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
We use Oracle Linux for containerization and hosting services. At our clients, we use it for applications hosting with Nginx, Apache, MySQL, and PostgreSQL. At the moment it is one of the most stable Linux distros out there and it helps to solve a lot of problems regarding unstable packages. One of the most important factors is that it is free for everything you want.
  • Database hosting
  • Dockerization
  • Webhosting
  • Print serving
  • Firewall with Nat iptables
  • Installation faster
  • More security profiles when installing
  • Info in the installation interface for beginners
I recommend it to everyone that wants to try it. For me, it is best suited for hosting websites, containers, databases, etc. I use it for everything from hosting to automation.
Francisco Teixeira de Morais Jr | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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For some clients, Oracle Linux is used mostly to run Oracle Database as single (whether using ASM - HAS or filesystems) instances and in some cases, it runs Oracle RAC or even to run simply Oracle client to attend to applications or observer for configurations with Oracle Data Guard. It´s also very easy to get support for Oracle Linux.
  • Good performance for Oracle databases.
  • Easy to deploy Oracle databases.
  • It could be installed with Oracle ASMLIB already in it.
  • Contain a tool to prepare server to have Oracle Database installed.
Mostly to run on the Oracle RAC database. It's very well suited and makes the installation very easy. Also, the performance seems to be superior to other Linux versions. I have not tried to install Oracle Linux in order to run other services, so I can not tell if it's good or not for others than Oracle databases.
Score 9 out of 10
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In my organization, we already use Oracle Linux, as experiments, for projects with Zabbix, Grafana, Syslog server, IPAM, and Elastic Stack. The goal was a closer approach to Oracle Linux and to use it as an alternative to replacing CentOs. The documentation is very well prepared and we had no difficulties in making these POCs.
  • Zabbix
  • Grafana
  • Syslog
  • The limited knowledge base on the Oracle website sometimes could make it difficult for tshoot.
  • The user's interface could be improved to attract more user's engagement.
  • The Oracle Linux, needs to offer support to more packages.
As I mentioned in another question I believe the scenarios that Oracle Linux is well suited are using as a distribution to install apps such as Zabbix, Grafana, Syslog Servers, Elastic Stack, IPAM, and other's administrative tools for sysadmins. The scenarios where Oracle is less appropriate could be associated with user GUI, for example. I believe the user's GUI could be improved.
Score 4 out of 10
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In my current organization, I am the lead consultant for a Healthcare Client in the UK. So, we had to design, create and implement a top-class robust solution for the Infrastructure implementation. We chose Oracle Linux as an operating system as it is the best out there. Most of our java based applications which are very critical in Hospital management like Prescription generation, audit, Salary management, Staff management, and a lot more are built on top of Oracle Linux as it provides capabilities of RHEL along with the usability of Oracle databases. The blazing fast speed of oracle Linux handles our server load fluently and helps us run a smooth operation -24*7.
  • Oracle Linux helps run native databases on the same operating systems that they were developed on.
  • Docker and Kubernetes support.
  • Oracle Linux is so powerful that you can patch the vulnerabilities faster than 74% of the organizations.
  • The support provided by oracle guys is one of the best.
  • All the traditional Linux commands are supported.
  • The limited knowledge base on the Oracle website sometimes makes it difficult for troubleshooting.
  • Some bugs are observed while working with the GUI . That needs to be fixed urgently.
  • There is a scope of improvement in kernel-level configuration.
  • The license cost is little on the higher side.
As the Healthcare domain is very customer-centric and demanding, the application should be always available with almost zero downtime to cater to the needs of our huge customer base. This was highly achieved when we brought Oracle Linux into our infrastructure base. The speed, agility, and support made our customers satisfied and we got a satisfaction index score (SIS) of 9/10 from the customer and peers.
Score 8 out of 10
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As a budding startup in the 5g sector, we are looking to innovate, scale, and automate. The flexibility, agility, and robustness of Oracle Linux make it a brilliant fit for handling infrastructure loads during deployments in Dev/Test servers along with customer load in production servers as well. Definitely recommended.
  • Cloud applications/docker and Kubernetes support is one of the best.
  • Highly reliable and excellent performance.
  • The similarity with the linux commands and Hierarchy makes it fairly easy to use.
  • The user interface is good but needs to improve for user engagement.
  • Now need to develop as a cross-functional product with compatibility with other OS like Windows and Mac. This is currently missing from the product.
  • License cost is little on a higher side.
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.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
Used to host our Applications and Webservers. The enterprise support is very good even during odd or out-of-office hours. We have hosted multiple applications on these servers including Database servers.
  • High Performance.
  • Good Support.
  • Multiple Budget Options.
  • Security.
  • Providing more robust solutions.
  • Clearing issues with the Disk Mounts.
Oracle Linux can be used if your application is huge and enterprise-level consisting of multiple user transactions daily. This is the go-to product if you are looking for a high-reliability server OS.
Frederico Roier | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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We purchased 12 Exadata appliances and used two more intermediate servers to support data administration and backup activities. Altogether there are 14 servers that use Oracle Linux in a critical environment and in relation to the database. The stability of Oracle and the ease of the commands commonly used in Linux provide an excellent opportunity to combine the best of both worlds.
  • Usual linux comand syntax
  • Ease of patching
  • kernel stability
  • The licensing is expensive.
  • Oracle Linux, needs to support more packages.
  • Zabbix is not recommended for install on Exadata Servers
I only work with Oracle databases, so I believe that my experience will be limited to the universe in which Oracle Linux can be used, initially with its primary use being in databases, I can strongly recommend it for this use without restrictions, except when used in Exatada where the installation of the Zabbix agent is not recommended, compromising the monitoring of the environment.
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
The main use case for using Oracle Linux was to save millions of dollars migrating from Solaris UNIX. The use of Oracle Linux Cloud provides scalability and a more accurate allocation of resources. Oracle Linux also provides high performance and secure operating environment. Most importantly, Oracle Linux is supported across both hybrid and multi-cloud environments.
  • Oracle Linux installation and setup is quick and easy with minimal downtime.
  • Oracle Linux provides integrated suite of Linux optimized tools.
  • Oracle Linux patching is automated and does not require rebooting.
  • The learning curve for using Oracle Linux is much less than expected and zero time if you already know UNIX.
  • Oracle Linux does not fully support the open source community.
  • The Oracle Linux documentation for support is lacking and often non-existent.
  • Oracle Linux needs to support more packages.
  • Oracle Linux GUI compatibility needs improvement and expanding.
Oracle Linux is recommended for low-cost applications that do not require much technical support. Oracle Linux is ideal for standalone servers in a highly distributed environment with scalability, high performance, and secure needs. Oracle Linux should be used if you wish for easy setup and solid core software requirements. Oracle Linux is definitely recommended if Oracle Database is already used and other Oracle products allow further optimization features.
Thiago Ferreira | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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ResellerIncentivized
I am an Oracle Specialist Pre-Sales and I recommend Oracle Linux for my customers, on my past jobs I worked with Oracle Linux and I love it.
  • Huge pages.
  • IO scheduler.
  • Limits.d.
Oracle Linux is the best option for Oracle Database or Oracle applications.
February 21, 2022

Edge of Oracle Linux

Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
Our supply chain product uses various platform that is hosted on different OSs like Unix, Linux, Windows. Earlier it was supported on Red Hat Linux but some clients preferred Oracle Linux. We tested the binary for Oracle Linux whether that will support the various supply chain products and it worked amazingly smoothly. We had a seamless transition to the new platform. I can recommend it to anyone.
  • Portability
  • Multitasking
  • Security
  • UI access
  • Email feature
  • Virtualization
Oracle is well suited for Oracle database that provides security and scalability. This is not appropriate as a lot of standard packages like graphics required the installation of new packages.
February 11, 2022

Very Good OS

Juan Manuel Gonzalez-Sicilia Blanco | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Because of the stability of the system and the tests before releasing the patches to final versions, the system could be vulnerable until the tests have passed.
  • Performance
  • Security
  • Kernel optimization
  • App compatibility
The excellent performance and security are a plus on Oracle Linux.
Alex Chalik | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
Oracle Linux is a simple choice to run Oracle databases for many business solutions. It's a stable Linux supported by the same vendor as Oracle RDBMS.
  • Oracle Linux is a stable and reliable OS based on RHEL.
  • Compatible with Oracle DB and well supported by Oracle.
  • Manageability and Security.
  • Easier upgrades between major releases.
Oracle Linux is the best choice if you use Oracle products. For many, I had no issues with Oracle Linux.
Melissa Hallam | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use Oracle Linux when it's important to a vendor's details for their activity, so we don't involve it as much as usual Red Hat Linux, although it works important enough for activity, updates, etc. basically Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and updates can be accessed when regular Red Hat updates are delivered.
  • Support costs are lower than Red Hat
  • It comes pre-built to run Oracle
  • It's great to have for an Oracle dataset server
  • It's more confusing than Windows
  • If you want to use it on CentOS for example, the kernel is not compatible
  • It does not have a very friendly interface
it's an amazing OS to run Oracle stuff, we use it to run Oracle databases and children right now, but soon it could start to be used as a relief to CentOS in other regions of our building. One perfect detail that is easily overlooked and that I especially like is that it comes pre-built for updates, so you don't have to guess and change Yum's settings.
Score 7 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use it as a primary DB for many internal critical applications. Some of the details about usage are classified but I can say that we use it for major real-time applications and managing the military data.
  • Index usage
  • Durabillity
  • Atomicy
  • Partitioning
  • High availability
  • Goldengate
  • Ora explanations
  • Logs
  • GUI
It's more suited for static information such as archives and less for applications that are time-critical.
kibrom Haftu✔ | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
I first came across the Oracle Linux product when I was working for an Oracle partner Technology company. It was mainly used for training professionals in data administration such as Oracle database Administration Workshop I, Workshop II, Oracle Database 11g - Data Guard Administration, Oracle Real Application Clusters (RAC), and security courses. Every command was run on top of this Linux distribution.
  • Shell Scripting
  • System Administration
  • Database Administration
  • User management
  • Slower than other Linux ( Say Linux mint, Ubuntu).
  • Lack of technical support.
  • Difficult to troubleshoot.
As a result of the migration from Red Hat Enterprise Linux to Oracle Linux, overall application performance was improved significantly. Oracle Enterprise Linux is pretty much based on the Red Hat Linux code, although it receives faster and more regular updates from Oracle. They have better security configurations. However, it is also missing a lot of packages that are usually available in other distributions.
January 17, 2022

The power of Linux

Eram Fatema Sayed | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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Verified User
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I’ve used oracle to perform daily ongoing business operations. It was good for [the] deployment of a new project and also awesome at registering client [systems] whether being a physical server or virtual machine guests. the only problem [that came from] a business point of view is the knowledge that people had about Oracle products, however, we tried our best to train our employees to overcome it.
  • Client Registering
  • Administration
  • Patching
  • Security auditing
  • Configuration management
  • Information sharing
  • Knowledge base
  • Custom support based on different domains.
  • Scheduled deployment.
It’s best suited for humongous business applications such as in the banking sector where we have data flow from all directions and thorough [management] is necessary to ensure [the] business is up and running. Although multiple container technologies are now working hard to acquire leadership in software, oracle is constantly upgrading and customizing itself to give the end-users the right luxury of working in [a] fast-paced environment.
January 13, 2022

Oracle Linux

Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
We use Oracle Linux 8.5 to host the Oracle Database 19c. The customer is a food company and they have several silos across the South America, so we need an trustable OS with high availability and performance and Oracle Linux is providing this to us.
  • Performance.
  • Easy maintenance and handling.
  • High availability.
  • All in place.
  • SFTP is native.
  • Security is better than other OS.
  • Oracle Database installation is easy.
  • Database works better than on Windows.
Oracle Linux is better in a situation where we need to automate some processes as for example run stored procedures, transfer files by sftp and with this we can use shell script, don't see any situation where we could not use Oracle Linux, maybe if some application does commands over a different platform as Windows.
Score 4 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
we use oracle Linux only for production Oracledb. we have an Exadata which runs OEL.
  • It's stable
  • Fully customizable
  • Like any other Linux
  • Kernel upgrade switch module included at no additional cost.
only when you need to complain about Oracle requirements, in any other case, centos will do the job with no additional cost.
January 05, 2022

Perfect solutions

Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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I use it as the main system of Database and Communication. There are so many functions that need to be implemented related to the end-user.
  • Security
  • Data
  • Communication
  • Browsing
  • Storage
  • Internet connection
  • Remote support
The best thing about Oracle Linux is the way of installing software.
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
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Not officially but for personal usage and some testing purposes. Personally, I am using Oracle Linux for virtualization and container development, and testing studies. I also have experience with new releases
  • Unbreakable
  • Trusted
  • Flexible
  • more container features
For most of development environments as Java, Phyton
Gerardo Daniel | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Verified User
Incentivized
Oracle Linux is the operating system used for most our servers. It is used to address 90% of all aspects of our operation. It is vital.
  • Updates
  • Up-time
  • Performance
  • Better repositories
  • Better support documentation
  • Oracle Linux should have a different name, it is hard to search in the web.
Well suited for servers, also for PC desktops with some work that could be even fun for geeks.
Score 10 out of 10
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Verified User
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We use Oracle Linux as a database server. We decide to use Oracle Linux to solve performance issues related [to] other kernel versions and [databases]. We started to use Oracle Linux as our ERP database and we gained a lot of performance increasing the customer experience.
  • Performance
  • Database Compatibility
  • Fine Tuning
  • Support
  • Kernel modules
  • Storage Compatibility
  • Log Debug
Oracle Linux has a most efficient kernel that helps you to improve your [server's] performance.
January 03, 2022

Oracle Linux review

Score 8 out of 10
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We are using Oracle Linux to host our monitoring tools in one of our datacenters, we used it because we already have a good background with the Oracle support team and OEL is certified by our applications. OEL gave us the ability to customize some modules to be able to run our applications in higher performance and as it's compatible with RHEL binaries, we were able to use a lot of built-in tools to monitor and customize the OS itself.
  • resource management
  • virtualizations drivers are very fast and compatible with RHEL binaries
  • it can be patched without reboot
  • OEL Support team responding very fast and able to help us in short time
  • feature upgrades is very slow compared with RHEL
  • there is no community support or shared Ops knowledge base, you have to raise a ticket for every issue
  • the documentation need to be updated and improved
Oracle Linux will be good if the application you're running on top of it is from Oracle or certified to run on it. if your company has a good support plan/contract with Oracle if you don't have the above two points, then don't use it.
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