RedHat vs Debian : Administrative Point of View

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98 Responses

  1. oli says:

    “RedHat was very stable but afterall my company didn’t like the idea of spending thousands of bucks for RedHat Enterprise Edition and getting outdated software.”
    Haha. Did you not notice the funny thing with debians fresh and up2date xscreensaver version and how they want to handle that? And then complain about “outdated software” ? Wtf is wrong :D
    If RH is too expensive, why not get CentOS? If Support is too expensive for your company, then they probably dont need it. Thats why there is CentOS.

  2. Naval Gupta says:

    I have been using RedHat since 2001 when it was available for free, then moved to Fedora and Ubuntu (Debian). I liked using Debian but this review looks biased.

    If you are an organisation then you need stability and support for any mishaps.. which only RHEL can give you. However if you are newbie or want to use for personal use or your requirement for server is limited then you should go for Ubuntu.

  3. Sebastian says:

    Extremely biased review, RedHat has CentOS as a free alternative, add to it epel and rpmfusion repositories and you have a huge collection of softwares. Dependency hell plagued Redhat back in the last decade, today its as easy to run apt-get as yum. Critical updates are also shipped quickly and with RedHat’s commitment to the corporate clients they do a better job of fixing security flaws than Debian. RedHat is the largest contributor upstream to the linux stack hence better equipped to handle kernel and system software glitches. Debian often ships the patches created by RedHat, which they’ve tested on their system first. RedHat comes with SELinux out of the box, hence greater security.
    I run both debian and centOS servers and have found centOS easier to manage and a tad bit stabler when it comes to non core packages.

  4. Amar says:

    Wow, Nice blog. I kept on reading till end without moving from my chair. I am a newbie to Linux I don’t know much, have been reading many articles all day to know what best suites me. On Conclusion: I stop here. It’s all UNIX like, but massive development making hard to determine what’s good for what. Again if a person get’s habituated to one thing, he see’s everything within it, where as if a person knows little about it he feel’s it’s useless compared to what he knows. That’s who we are. And after my unlimited browsing I finally find Debian is more of my type. So I will go on with Debian. ;)

    • Aaron Kili K says:

      I like your idea here, ” Again if a person get’s habituated to one thing, he see’s everything within it, where as if a person knows little about it he feel’s it’s useless compared to what he knows. That’s who we are.” .

      Sometimes i feel Linux having many distributions is a problem, especially for new Linux users.
      I personally sometimes hate Linux for these many distros and the comparisons, it sometimes makes me feel am missing something one the other side.

      Every side always tries to look at what is uses as the best, but i think it always gets to what really suites your needs, what you find convenient to use and many more.

      I like this article just because the writer gave his side of the story, many times when you read such comparisons, you do not get to know what the writer really feels about what he/she is comparing.

      Therefore i think when one gives the pros and cons from both sides and takes a stand, then it clearly shows what he/she has chosen to go with but it is not about bias here.

      • KarlisK says:

        I too am a pro-Debian (as in, Debian, not Debian-based like Ubuntu/Mint/etc) user when it comes to choosing a Linux Distro. Time over time again I’ve tried different distros for different personal purposes (mostly testing), only to end up going back to Debian. I’ve tried Ubuntu/Lubuntu, Fedora, CentOS, OpenSUSE, Mint, Peppermint, Arch, Mandriva, and some different minor derivatives of mayor distros. I will agree to you saying there might be a bit too many distros, while for the most part they are all simillar, they each have their pros and cons. From my point of view (as an advanced user, not a server or sys admin) I’d wish we had a distro which would be as solid as Debian with it’s ease-of-use dist-upgrade and package management, have openbuild tools like SUSE/OpenSUSE and SELinux built-in support as Fedora…

  5. Kunalsing says:

    But as compared To Debian except REDHAT , CEntos HAs more than 38000 packages more. If we add epel and remi repo.
    SO It is also non commercial. SO We want centos not debian… and more than 80%industry is using redhat not debian. SO In point of Administrative view i choose RPM based distributuion. and it is more secure.

  6. AA says:

    Debian is certainly my linux flavor of choice, I’ve been an admin since 1998 and started with slackware, then redhat when it was free.. but once I got introduced to Debian I never went back.. I have ONE server in our arsenal of systems running fedora but that was only because the raid controller in our 12tb array required it to work properly.. I could have set it up under debian but I wouldn’t have had the tools to manage it via console .. that’s changed now, but I don’t care to rebuild it any time soon.. it’s a backup server and that’s it’s only task so the underlying OS doesn’t really matter much to me so long as it’s performing :)

  7. Lonnie says:

    Debian is certainly my linux flavor of choice, I’ve been an admin since 1998 and started with slackware, then redhat when it was free.. but once I got introduced to Debian I never went back.. I have ONE server in our arsenal of systems running fedora but that was only because the raid controller in our 12tb array required it to work properly.. I could have set it up under debian but I wouldn’t have had the tools to manage it via console .. that’s changed now, but I don’t care to rebuild it any time soon.. it’s a backup server and that’s it’s only task so the underlying OS doesn’t really matter much to me so long as it’s performing :)

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