"When we pitted Red Hat Enterprise Linux against several flavors
of UnitedLinux to see how each fared as an enterprise server
platform, we found each edition of the popular GNU/Linux operating
system to represent a distinct method on how to build bare metal
into a working server. Installation is different, configuration
options are different, and hardware support varies across these
"We selected Red Hat's Enterprise Linux as the Network World
Blue Ribbon winner in this test because while the systems were
somewhat comparable in terms of performance and management wares,
Red Hat offers more hardware support, is easier to configure and
offers more security options.
"Red Hat Enterprise Linux comes in numerous flavors, ranging
from a $179 desktop/workstation edition called Enterprise Linux WS
Basic Edition to the Enterprise Linux AS Premium Edition we tested.
The premium edition, which costs about $2,500, is distinguished
from its siblings by clustering capabilities, additional hardware
support and service options..."