The best alternative to CentOS, and possibly a better alternative to RHEL.
Updated October 21, 2021

The best alternative to CentOS, and possibly a better alternative to RHEL.

Natig Kurbanov | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Oracle Linux

It’s a great alternative to CentOS and works perfect with Oracle JDK and Oracle Database - like a clock.
  • Unbreakable Oracle Linux works like a charm with any application we run and is much newer than RHEL kernel, so better hardware support for newer devices and the latest bug fixes make you sleep well at night.
  • It’s a very stable Oracle Linux distribution, so you do not even have any kernel panics or some unexpected crashes. It just works well out of the box.
  • It’s easy to install and configure new versions of various popular packages for programming languages, docker, etc.
  • Registering for ULN is pain. Attaching license also.
  • Oracle needs to rewrite its whole support website, it is slow and miserable to use in my experience.
  • I think Oracle Linux needs better integration with Oracle JDK and OracleDB, some automated installation, or similar package-based simple installation service.
  • Unbreakable Oracle Linux having a newer kernel makes a huge difference compared to the old rhel kernel.
  • Support service, their website and applications are terrible in my opinion.
  • I sometimes miss faster responses from Red Hat support service and the quality of documentation/official guides.
Oracle Linux is basically CentOS, but newer Linux Kernel and probably much more stable.
It’s okay, but you would expect a lot more from Oracle quality-wise in my opinion.

Do you think Oracle Linux delivers good value for the price?

Not sure

Are you happy with Oracle Linux's feature set?


Did Oracle Linux live up to sales and marketing promises?

I wasn't involved with the selection/purchase process

Did implementation of Oracle Linux go as expected?


Would you buy Oracle Linux again?


It’s best for every kind of environment, it’s very stable and supports the latest RPM packages out of the box. Support provided by Oracle, however, needs a lot of work in my opinion.