"Evaluating the CentOS Enterprise Server There are a number of
popular choices for Linux enterprise level servers including
CentOS, Ubuntu, Debian, Slackware and others including Red Hat
Enterprise. This series of articles on a choice for a Linux Server
will compare several of these Linux distributions to examine the
advantages and disadvantages of each distribution. What is
important to recognize in this evaluation is that how you view
advantages and disadvantages are dependent upon the expertise of
your Linux administrators and the level of support you need to
maintain your servers. How to Evaluate Enterprise Servers
"There must be criteria for evaluating enterprise level servers
to make the comparison. In this comparison, each distribution has a
focus or philosophy which drives them in a specific direction and
influences package choice, package versions and hardware support.
The first evaluation examines CentOS as an enterprise level server.
Focus: rating 9
"The primary focus for CentOS is to provide a stable and secure
community version of Red Hat Enterprise by building the distro from
the source code of RHEL. The emphasis on stability comes from
longer testing of packages, conservative choices on versions and
avoidance of cutting edge versions. The emphasis on security comes
from the years of hard work that have gone into the development and
application of SELinux. Though the focus on stability and security
is a top priority for this distro this rating is not a 10 because
of an increased interest in adding Desktop options to the packages
which are in contrast to the primary goals."
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