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If you don't mind paying the $119 (I think) licensing fee, Oracle would be the way to go, it would run an Oracle database much faster. Oracle makes two Linux kernels, I believe, one is RHEL-compliant, one is customized (their "Unbreakable" Linux). If I'm correct, you don't have to pay anything to download and install it, but you won't be able to access their repositories unless you do. If you're not interested in all that, CentOS would probably be the way to go.