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Old 12-07-2012, 06:36 AM   #1
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Post Oracle Linux vs Centos Vs Fedora ?? Which one is best ?

Dear LQ Geeks !

Oracle linux , centos , Fedora all are redhat based operating systems, and I would like to know which one is best in these os ?

Which one is good for stability and security ?

Please Help me Guyz !

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Without knowing what the box running either of those three is used for this question isn't easy to answer.

If this box is for "normal" daily use (browsing, e-mail etc): Fedora. State of the art and still RedHat based.

If you want to use this box as a server, your choices are down to 2 (Oracle Linux or CentOS)
- If you plan to use mostly oracle related products you might want to choose Oracle linux. But to my knowledge, this isn't a free OS
- CentOS is free (and oracle products also do run perfectly)

Security is a concept. All three mentioned distributions have the means to be (very) secure, but in the end it is up to you to implement/configure (parts of) the security implementations.

"The best" is also personal. I would never ever buy Oracle Linux. If I do want support and/or access to repositories I would go for RedHat.

Just my 2c
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Fedora is very changeable: a new version every 6 months and support for only 12 months. Often they can launch new ideas before they're ready. I remember when they were the first distro to use Gnome 3 and hardly any of the configuration tools were ready. Security is great, with SEL installed and running. It can be a pain getting the media codecs and other patented software, so it's really a good idea to get one of the respins that provides it all for you, like Hanthana or Kororaa. They do a lot of enhancements between issues, so it's almost like a rolling-release. I used to install the yum-security plugin, which enabled me to ask for security upgrades only.

CentOS is very stable, which is why it's the most popular Linux on web-servers. A lot of people will say it's unsuitable for a desktop, but that's rubbish. It is short on programs for the home user, though, so you need extra repositories. Be sure to follow the advice on their web-site and use the yum-priorities plug-in.

Oracle are not an company I'd want to be associated in any manner, shape, or form.
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