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Holman Cárdenas, M.Eng, TOGAF®, ITIL® profile photo
Score 9 out of 10
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In my previous experiences, I have worked with Oracle Linux (starting with the Oracle Unbreakable Linux version) across different kinds of organizations (port and logistics, then government). It was used for Oracle Database servers because of the Oracle-oriented optimizations and pre-tuning.
  • Oracle-oriented kernel pre-tuning
  • Oracle support
  • Excellent performance, security and stability
  • Graphical interface could be improved
It is a very good product and a top choice, as long as you are using an Oracle eco-system. It comes pre-tuned and optimized for Oracle databases out of the box. Very secure and stable. Easier to install and configure compared to other linux versions.

The experience we had with the support was very positive (although we almost never had to call for support, since the system is pretty stable).
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Jose de la Cruz Malena profile photo
September 18, 2019

My Oracle Linux Experience

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We started to move all Linux distros (Ubuntu, CentOS) and some Windows services to Oracle Linux, because of the need of an Oracle supported and advanced, secure, and scalable Linux. The IT department is the one that uses most of Oracle Linux on a daily basis. Our HelpDesk, VoIP, GitLab, RedMine and monitoring tools are running on several Oracle Linux installations. All the websites we publish are on Oracle Linux+Apache+PHP, and the ones on ASP are planned to be moved as well because it has proved to be faster. We plan to move to the cloud and to Autonomous Linux in the next year.
  • Apache + PHP + MySQL is one of the most used combinations we have. And it is faster than Windows.
  • Many open-source tools we use are for Oracle Linux.
  • The desktop experience is much needed, so we can move our Windows Desktop users to Oracle Linux Desktop.
The best scenario for use is definitely server uses like web services, microservices, network monitoring, databases, and websites. I think that desktop for enterprise users on Oracle Linux is not the best option. It lacks some of Windows characteristics like Active Directory Group Policy Objects, and plug and play compatibility with printers and scanners.
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Score 7 out of 10
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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.
  • It can be distributed without cost.
  • It provides the highest levels of security and compliance.
  • It is proven to be an enterprise-grade, high availability solution.
  • Virtualization could be configured in an easier way.
  • Linux community support could be stronger.
  • Migration from Red Hat Enterprise Linux might cause problems.
Definitely suitable for enterprise and for open cloud infrastructure. Use it if you want something which is easy to download and deploy. On the other hand, for non-enterprise-level software solutions, it is fine to go with other, more community-supported Linux distributions. Very good performance of Oracle software or/and hardware is provided out-of-the-box.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Oracle Linux forms the operating system spanning both our public cloud (OCI) and private cloud hosted in-house and on-prem servers.
  • Oracle Linux works very well with Oracle Database (used) and can be fine tuned for it.
  • Oracle Linux is also does very well in security and bug fixes that may not be available in the open source Linux or RedHat version.
  • Support is the biggest strength for Oracle Linux as it can be combined with the support of other Oracle components (other middleware, applications and database) to get quicker resolution and configuration specific bug fixes.
  • With Oracle Linux sometimes it will take time to get the latest patches and feature upgrades from RHL / open source code base. This can certainly be improved.
  • Compatibility issues when using Oracle Linux with non-Oracle virtualization software (especially on-prem deployments). For example, Oracle Linux with VMware.
  • Issues with applying the most up-to-date patches and bugs to Oracle Linux while running. This should be resolved with Oracle Autonomous Linux.
Oracle Linux is best suited when you are an Oracle shop more or less. [It's well suited when] You are using Oracle Database and other Oracle Middleware components and these need to be fine tuned for running high performance loads at peak throughput. It is less suited when you are using non-Oracle virtualization layer in on-prem deployments.
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June 01, 2019

Best overall choice

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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.
  • Security
  • Compatible with multiple types of hardware. If we need to upgrade our hardware, the idea of not having to change OSs or platforms is a huge benefit.
  • Managing Memory usage
  • Support is lacking/non-existent
  • Cloud compatibility
  • Can be slow
If you are looking for a RedHat like OS that offers virtually everything a RHEL would, without the cost, then you need to start looking at Oracle Linux. The benefits outweigh the negatives by far.
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Score 8 out of 10
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It is the platform that helps us support other platforms and tools throughout the organization. It provides stability and security, allowing us to provide a secure and reliable platform.
  • High performance and stability in its operation.
  • Is a scalable system and compatible with many hardware brands.
  • The system has a graphical and command line interface, which makes it very complete and superior to other similar products.
  • Improvements in the integration of web services. There are some tricks and functions that are only allowed to be configured via commands.
  • Integration with Microsoft and Mac networks to share network services.
We use Oracle Linux templates for Oracle VM Server to provision our clone environments quickly. It is a very stable platform for web services and database interface connectors.
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Score 10 out of 10
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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.
  • memory management
  • kernel pre-tuned
  • excellent Oracle support
  • well documented solutions for issues on Oracle support site
  • better adoption by all cloud providers
  • better integration with webmin (a popular, free Linux admin tool)
  • Oracle provided plug-ins for popular monitoring tools like Zabbix
If you are going to deploy Oracle on an Intel or AMD based server then Oracle Linux is by far your best choice. The operating system is built and packaged from the ground up to be the single best and easiest OS for running an Oracle database. But while it may be a custom solution, it's probably 98% or more the same as Redhat and CentOS from an OS admin point of view - so easy to hire resources as any Linux admin can work with Oracle Linux with almost zero changes to their existing practices.
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Score 8 out of 10
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Oracle Linux is a powerful OS providing both workstation and server functionalities for small businesses and organizations. The OS is fairly stable, has robust features, and can utilize many of the available software applications for Linux. It was used as a mainstream operating system for remote laptops. It was fairly inexpensive to implement and fairly simple to run.
  • Oracle Linux is a clone of Red Hat Linux, a well-known version of Linux and is very stable. This helps in maintaining fairly error-free systems.
  • The operating system kernel can be updated without having to reboot the system, a potential time saver.
  • Oracle Linux comes in fairly easy to implement packages that work well with Oracle databases.
  • The operating system could be improved in its compatibility with older applications.
  • There are fewer users of Oracle Linux than other versions, potentially making it harder to obtain outside support.
  • Sometimes customer support from Oracle can be challenging.
The software does really well in systems that work with databases. It does really well in its connectivity to Oracle database applications. It also provides a great deal of stability and can provide fairly stable functionality for remote systems that have users requiring limited assistance. Installing Oracle Linux is fairly easy and less time consuming than other Linux versions.
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February 16, 2018

Solid But Boring.

Score 7 out of 10
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It's relatively simple for use by all the IT department. It is pretty easy to get things done with it, but it’s not that exciting to use at all. Very useful user controls that can make it practical and helpful for getting your work done. It's useful for the professional work setting, for sure.
  • It is good for emails and correspondence servers
  • The software is very helpful, and I like the cloud-centered interface that improves the interconnectivity of it
  • Databases (Oracle of course!!) servers, virtual and RAC configs.
  • It's often very slow to use
  • Very displeasing aesthetics for the graphical interface appearance
  • More compatibility with other vendors
Perfect for:
  • Database servers, Oracle overall.
  • Mail servers (in my experience)
Not recommended for:
  • Main desktop
  • Monitoring server
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About Oracle Linux

Oracle Linux is a free distribution of the Linux open-source operating system. It is based on the Red Hat Linux source code.


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