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Which Linux Distribution Is Best For You?

A Linux® distribution is an installable operating system that was created from the Linux kernel and supports user programs and libraries. Theversion every provider or community is one distribution.

Because the Linux operating system is open source and published under the GNU General Public License (GPL), anyone can run, study, modify, and distribute the source code, or even sell copies of their modified code. This is very different from traditional operating systems - Unix, Microsoft Windows, and MacOS - which are proprietary and far less modifiable.

How do I choose a Linux distribution?

Choosing the right Linux distribution depends on your use case and tool requirements. Some Linux distributions are better suited for certain purposes. Some distributions are designed as desktop environments, while others support back-end IT systems (such as corporate or web servers).

When choosing your next Linux distribution, the first thing to consider is whether you need a corporate Linux distribution or a community Linux distribution.

Linux distributions for companies or communities - comparison

Linux distributions are available as community or corporate versions. A community distribution is a free Linux distribution that is mainly supported and maintained by the open source community. Enterprise or commercial Linux distributions are available through subscription from vendors. You don't rely solely on support from the community.

The main difference between community and corporate distributions is who decides what is important to users. The direction of a community distribution is determined by contributors who choose and manage packages from a variety of open source options. The direction of a corporate distribution is determined by a provider based on the needs of their customers.

Think of it this way: The Fedora Project is the upstream community distribution of Red Hat® Enterprise Linux. Red Hat is the main sponsor of the project, but thousands of non-Red Hat developers are contributing to the Fedora Project. This makes it an ideal test bed for features that will eventually be integrated into Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Red Hat validates these functions with its own tests and quality assurance processes that go beyond the work of the Fedora developers.

What are the benefits of corporate distribution?

If Linux is free and open source, why should you pay for a commercial distribution? Community distros are a great option for those new to Linux and not very experienced with the command line, or who just want to play around and experiment. If you're trying to support a server for an extended period of time, community distros like Fedora may not be your best choice.

Corporate distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux meet the needs and concerns of businesses. Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers ten years of lifecycle support (as opposed to Fedora's two-year support) so you can better support long-term apps. With a corporate distribution, you get patches, updates, upgrades, expert technical support, and access to training and resources. A community distribution relies on the support of its community members in the forum, and release cycles are not always regular.

With a commercially-supported distribution, you also get the benefit of the latest open source innovation with the stability and support a business needs. Red Hat engineers work to improve functionality, reliability, and security. They ensure that your infrastructure works well and is stable, regardless of the use case or workload.

Popular Linux distributions

  • Android
  • Arch Linux
  • CentOS
  • Debian
  • Elementary OS
  • Fedora
  • Gentoo Linux
  • Kali Linux
  • Linux Mint
  • Manjaro Linux
  • MX Linux
  • Puppy Linux
  • Slackware
  • Solus
  • Ubuntu and all of its versions (Gnome, Kubuntu, Ubuntu Mate, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu - to name a few)
  • Zorin OS

Why Red Hat for Linux?

The technologies in your IT stack must be able to interact with one another smoothly. And the workloads must be portable and scalable across bare metal servers, virtual machines, and private and public clouds. You need a modern, security-oriented operating system with long-term support. That operating system is Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

With a standard operating system as a base, you can easily move your workloads across the various environments where it makes the most sense for you. Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers a unified and stable platform for all hybrid cloud deployments and includes integrated management and integration functions in Red Hat's extended management and automation portfolio.