RedHat vs Debian : Administrative Point of View

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108 Responses

  1. Mario says:

    In Debian, packages from unstable (Sid) are pushed to testing ( next stable release). After ten present more days without any report of bugs in the package or with any other packages is accepted in testing branch.

    Stable is not updated except from bug or security fixes.

  2. Diman says:

    This article is a bit outdated, nowadays RHEL (and its free version – Centos) are very mature, and are greatly suited for an enterprise deployments.

    Yet it’s true, that Fedora based distros (or RHEL & Centos that are the server versions) are a bit more cumbersome compared to Ubuntu, but once again – I would prefer them over Debian family..

  3. Tom Seving says:

    There is plenty of useful information here, especially regarding repositories and dependency resolution.

    As others have pointed out, su and sudo are two completely different animals and they are both used in RHEL and Debian alike.

    Ubuntu is not “childish”, it just comes packaged with things that are usually not installed in a server environment. However, there is a server version of Ubuntu (Ubuntu Server) that is fantastic. If your server will stand alone, Ubuntu Server is the way to go, imho. If you are creating a clustered environment for parallel computing, Centos or RHEL are probably better choices.

  4. Sean says:

    16. Fedora uses ‘su‘ whereas Ubuntu uses ‘sudo‘ by default.

    That’s wrong. Fedora uses ‘su‘ and Ubuntu uses ‘su‘. Fedora also uses ‘sudo‘ and Ubuntu also uses ‘sudo

    su‘ means like switch user, you can do ‘su username‘ to switch which works on both.

    and, I would never use Debian as a server. It must be Centos and Redhat.

    For applications, I always go with Debian.

    So, Frontends are always RHEL variant, Backends are always Debian variant for me.

    I wouldn’t try to set up 3rd party apps on Enterprise distros; they were born to be the server, not to be workstations.

    I also wouldn’t compile sources in RHEL variant; I got Ubuntu on that.
    And all of my client’s software, backends are all Debian & Ubuntu.

    Debian vs Redhat, they both have unique roles in the commercial business.

    RHEL fulfill the companies.
    Debian satisfies the end-users.

    So now it is all about containers. I will go for Kubernette; so now you already know my desktop is Fedora.

    • Stormy Daniels says:

      “16. Fedora uses su… by default.” Maybe this meant something when the article was first published in 2013? I’m not sure that it’s necessarily “wrong,” just not applicable. Yes containers are where it’s at, and everything written about apt, yum and rpm in the article is outdated.

      The one situation I might pay attention to the package manager is pacman, and the AUR, specifically BlackArch versus Kali. Kali is great for certification. It is becoming to “ethical hacking” what Red Hat became to Linux certification.

      Arch and derivatives are impressive for other reasons, I just don’t hear about them out in the wild much and I think would reflect better on penetration testers. I just can’t help but think Kali is too easy for newbies to latch onto.

      I also think the part about RH being commercial and Debian being non-commercial is understated in the article. Some of the other arguments seem a little arbitrary. You can make Red Hat, Debian, or Ubuntu work in any role if you really need to. Tell your non-technical supervisor it’s all Linux.

    • Nick says:


      Well in the cloud world of 2018 Ubuntu is pretty much on spot with the increasing demands for devops.

      In our enterprise we use Ubuntu servers and I can say for certain we have a better time configuring and maintaining the machines as oppose to administrators that use Linux like in the old days…

      I don’t know what you are trying to prove your point to with “never using Ubuntu on servers”, Ubuntu is the best at the moment… Unless you need constant support.

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