Isn’t it a confusing task to select the right OS for your server? You have a huge list of options to choose from, but we assure you, none of them are quite as famous as CentOS or Ubuntu.
It wouldn’t matter whether or not you are a beginner or a professional when it comes down to these options. Once you’re here though, it won’t be a straightforward and obvious decision.
In this blog post, we aim to shed light on the comparison between these operating systems, to help you determine which fits your preference.
But first, let’s have a brief overview of both.
This platform is an open-source line from the distribution of Linux. People even call this system a replica of RHEL (Red Hat Enterprise Linux) – which is used the most in the world of corporate IT. This operating system is an enterprise-class one gives the user the luxury to develop in the best offering from Linux. This is saying a lot as the statement alone means CentOS leads over Ubuntu.
This operating system is stable, secure and highly customizable. It has also gotten some corporate level updates which makes it a very safe choice for potential users.
This OS has been the personal favorite of most due to its Debian architecture. It is also an open source platform and keeps getting updates which are meant to identify and remove bugs. This OS has been laid down with features and package groups which can meet the requirements of any project that comes its way.
Ubuntu also has a lot of compatible apps, which cumulate to over 40,000. So now you have an OS with a sufficient security, high customizability and a wide range of helping software.
Ubuntu vs. CentOS
The most significant difference between these operating systems is that one is based on Debian architecture while RHEL inspires the other. Other than this, DEB packages can be opted for through Linux, while yum commands have to be used in CentOS to download and install central repositories of RPM packages.
Other than this, CentOS is known to be much more stable than Ubuntu in terms of distribution. This is so because the updates of packages are much less frequent. This may even turn out to be a disadvantage for some as people and organizations prefer latest updates – which have to be installed manually here.
When it comes to books, online communities and tutorials for beginners – Ubuntu has the upper hand. If you incur a problem with Ubuntu, you can find a lot more documentation as opposed to CentOS; because the latter has a smaller community of users.
Regarding cloud deployments and container support, Ubuntu again has the upper hand. Lastly, if you’re a beginner and have opted for CentOS, then the RHEL distributions will be a lot harder to understand and handle. The Ubuntu VPS server, on the other hand, is much more famous and easier to get acquainted with.
If you consider the requirements of your usage or your company, then these pros and cons can be of help. We hope that the overview of their comparison was sufficient. If not, you can always contact us for recommendations according to your preferences.