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8.2from 13 review(s)
This is my GOTO standard operating system for database servers from any vendor. It's built from Red Hat sources and it's free for non-commercial use. I've used several distros over the years and nothing comes close to being as stable as this. I literally cannot remember a single event when an application crashed. This OS is built for mission critical environments along with it's other offering Solaris.
Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.6 - (OEL)
No need for a license/CSI. You access the Oracle yum repos like any other EL. yum update. Like most distros, OEL has it's own repos for updates. They're free. yum.oracle.com.
GUI or cmd line installer options, seem to be fewer options than I remember CenTOS having, but that's not a bad thing necessarily.
Fast. Noticeably faster on my aging Dell than .deb based distros which ran mainly 4.4/4.9 kernels.
Binary compatibility with RH and Centos.
Fast dead-simple installer.
Drivers if you need WiFi.
The Less Good:
Well, it's an 'Enterprise Linux' - this brings the following choices made by the Upstream distro (RH):
Firewall-cmd (you can disable this and run gufw instead if that makes you happier)
Gnome3 - Gnome3 isn't bad, but it's also not a 'must have'. 7.6 sports Gnome 3.28, which is pretty current. Since Gnome3 depends on systemd, I run Gnome3 on my EL installs, since they have systemd anyway. Everywhere else is Xfce or LXDE. Sometimes MATE.
XFS filesystem by default
Like most EL:
-Need to supplement packages with EPEL/RPMFusion/pkgs.org and/or others.
-Some packages can be a bit older even using extra repos. As with CenTOS, avoid the temptation to install Fedora packages. Stick with OEL and EPEL. If you want a bleeding edge EL, run Fedora instead.
No 7.6 isos available - just get a 7.5 iso from the links above and 'yum update' to 7.6.
This will take some time if you're over a slow link.
A good EL distro. If you don't want to wait on CenTOS to update, and don't want to pay for RH, give OEL a shot.
I installed Oracle as a desktop workstation and as an alternative to CentOS and RHEL. It is one of the best enterprise distros because it has binary compatibility with RHEL but the kernel is much newer, almost as new as in ubuntu. I was able to install proprietary Nvidia graphics drivers without hassle, I mean everything like in CentOS. GUI is a little bit old but If you like KDE plasma 4 it is great choice. KDE can be strongly customized to your needs. Not many people use Oracle as a desktop but I strongly recommend it to a daily work. I don't play with fancy system stuff offered by many distributions, I just use my software on solid base. For me It would be amazing to have a choice to install newer GUI but anyway Oracle works nicely.
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