Q

RHEL 5 or Vista?

An expert talks about the pros and cons of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 for a user torn between using Linux and upgrading to Vista.

My company is thinking of switching to Linux now that Microsoft's Vista has come out. We don't want to have to pay the licensing fees associated with Vista. We're considering Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5. Can you tell us about some of its strengths and weaknesses?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) is the best-established Linux distribution for business use. It has the largest installed base, as well as the largest number of applications certified to run on it. There are also a high number of certified engineers that are available as consultants and employees.

On the other hand, RHEL is best-known as a server operating system and much less as a client platform. In addition, using RHEL also requires subscription fees although these are far less than Vista, particularly when you consider the hardware investment that Vista typically requires.

This was last published in April 2007

Dig Deeper on Windows-to-Linux migration

Have a question for an expert?

Please add a title for your question

Get answers from a TechTarget expert on whatever's puzzling you.

You will be able to add details on the next page.

Start the conversation

Send me notifications when other members comment.

By submitting you agree to receive email from TechTarget and its partners. If you reside outside of the United States, you consent to having your personal data transferred to and processed in the United States. Privacy

Please create a username to comment.

-ADS BY GOOGLE

SearchDataCenter

SearchServerVirtualization

SearchCloudComputing

SearchEnterpriseDesktop

Close