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Old 06-02-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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Cool Which flavor of Linux are you recommending to a junior Linux professional?


Hi, everyone, my name is Norman, I have been using Red Hat Linux since 2000, mostly at home, except a few years between 2006-2008 as a junior system administrator for a start-up company (renewable energy related).

I understand it is a perennial question: which Linux is the best, as you can imagine there would be a lot of discussion and debates, I am not asking that question: my question is this: roughly what are the market share for each flavor (just an estimate) in Enterprise World where you get PAID to use Linux daily? RHEL, SuSE, Ubuntu or Mandrake? it appears to me RHEL is most popular in big companies, but I also see lot of companies using SuSE? also in a corporate world, what are the main architecture for the Linux servers? X86, AMD64 or IBM system z? right now I am focusing on advancing my skills for RHEL (AMD64), but also check SuSE, Ubuntu on a regular basis (I have installed all major flavors using VMWare on my Windows 7 Ultimate).

Thanks a lot in advance!
 
Old 06-02-2013, 09:30 PM   #2
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In the enterprise world, RHEL and CentOS are dominant, especially in the States.

As for the dominant architecture, I suspect that Intel is the choice of outfits, but I could be wrong. The enterprise tends not to be very adventurous.
 
Old 06-02-2013, 10:31 PM   #3
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As far as HW arch goes, you probably don't need to worry about eg the differences between Intel and AMD, unless you plan to write device drivers or maybe kernel code.
As for System/Z; that's a mainframe OS (!). If you've got that kind of personal money you should be on a beach, not working

As above, RHEL/Centos is probably the most used in a professional env (RHEL if its using paid for support).
Then probably Suse or Debian I'd guess.
Ubuntu may(?) be becoming slightly more popular due to the popularity of its desktop version with ex-MS people.
A lot of people do use free Distros like Centos, so that can't really be tracked.
 
Old 06-03-2013, 12:30 AM   #4
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We run RHEL on virtual machines.
 
Old 06-03-2013, 01:10 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot, folks!
 
Old 06-03-2013, 01:43 AM   #6
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Agree with above: RHEL/Centos
 
  


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