Ubuntu Linux - Great alternative to RHEL.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Updated February 28, 2020

Ubuntu Linux - Great alternative to RHEL.

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Overall Satisfaction with Ubuntu Linux

We use a couple of Ubuntu Linux servers where I work. The main reason we have these is to serve basic network functionality, and the second is my security audit machine. We have a DHCP server running on one of the machines, as well as some basic IT shares for file storage. It also runs DNS for our guest networks. The security audit machine runs software; I use for password audits, security vulnerability scans, and when anything needs to be tested in isolation. All in all - great value for money (it is free after all). Some essential LAMP runs too, but that is for IT to play with.
  • The OS is rock solid and only gets restarted when Kernel patches are needed.
  • It has LTS version, which for me is a key. This was the main reason we started using it.
  • Ubuntu Linux shell can be inherently user un-friendly, but you get used to it.
  • Some software is hard to install.
  • ROI is instant, as it is free :) However, the long term benefit is that you can run enterprise-level open source software on it.
  • It requires the Sysadmin to be familiar with Ubuntu Linux, so this can command a higher cost of the resource to manage it.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
We have decided to go with Ubuntu Linux, as it is free. There is an option to purchase support from Canonical, which is excellent. However, it remains a free product, and if you have the skillset in-house - immediate return on investment. RHEL is also great; yet, Ubuntu Linux, being Debian based, has a wide variety of natively running products, and almost anything (if not everything) supports Ubuntu Linux.
I have not used the paid-for Canonical support option; however, there are a plethora of free resources available online. A simple google search fixes almost anything that may go wrong or is not behaving :) It is excellent; however, it requires plenty of time to research the issue and pinpoint a solution. I guess paying Canonical makes it easier, but we have never run into a problem we couldn't fix in-house and for about 20-30 minutes. All in all - community support is unparalleled.

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

Yes

Are you happy with Ubuntu Linux's feature set?

Yes

Did Ubuntu Linux live up to sales and marketing promises?

Yes

Did implementation of Ubuntu Linux go as expected?

Yes

Would you buy Ubuntu Linux again?

Yes

Ubuntu Linux is excellent if you need to run a LAMP server. It is also outstanding in serving vital network services, such as DHCP and DNS. It is very versatile, as a lot of free and open-source software requires some flavor of Ubuntu Linux to run on, and having a properly configured LAMP makes deployment a breeze.
One downside is that if you are not familiar with Ubuntu Linux, it can be very confusing; however, once you have a grasp of the concepts and fundamentals, it is a breeze to manage.