What's the difference between CentOS vs. Red Hat? That's what we break down in this resource. Plus, compare CentOS vs. RHEL and Red Hat Linux vs. Linux.
CentOS vs. Red Hat
CentOS and Red Hat have the same functionality. The biggest difference is that CentOS is a community-developed, free alternative to Red Hat. Review a comparison chart below.
CentOS vs. RHEL
RHEL is an acronym for Red Hat Enterprise Linux, which is an open-source based Linux distribution. CentOS is a community-supported, free alternative to RHEL.
Red Hat vs. Linux
Linux is a component used to build operating systems. Red Hat is a specific operating system built on Linux.
Should You Choose CentOS or Red Hat / RHEL?
If you're considering moving from Red Hat to another Linux distribution, CentOS is the best choice for mission-critical enterprises.
Use this comparison chart to see how CentOS and Red Hat stack up on over 15 different factors, including licensing, security, package management, and available commercial support.
|License||FOSS – GPL and others||Commercial – RedHat EULA|
|Security||SELinux, NSS, Linux PAM, firewalld||SELinux, NSS, Linux PAM, firewalld|
|Patches/fixes||SLA through OpenLogic||SLA through Red Hat|
|Commercial support||24x7 support through OpenLogic||24x7 support through Red Hat|
|Installer||ISO / LiveCD||ISO|
|Enterprise package management||Spacewalk / Katello||Red Hat Satellite 5 / Satellite 6|
|Clustering||Linux-HA||Red Hat Cluster Suite (RHCS)|
|Bootloader||GRUB 2||GRUB 2|
|Graphical user interface (GUI)||GNOME 3 / KDE SC 4.10||GNOME 3 / KDE SC 4.10|
|Storage management||LVM / SSM||LVM / SSM|
|Default file system||XFS||XFS|
|Current kernel (11/2018)||3.10.0-957.1.3.el7.x86_64.rpm||3.10.0-957.1.3.el7.x86_64.rpm|
|Virtualization||oVirt / KVM||Red Hat Virtualization Manager / KVM|
|Containerization||Docker, Kubernetes||Red Hat OpenShif|
|Virtual device interface (VDI)||SPICE||SPICE|
|Cloud images||Azure by OpenLogic||Azure by Red Hat|
|AWS standard and security hardened by OpenLogic||AWS by Red Hat|
|Google Cloud by CentOS.org||Google Cloud by Red Hat|
How You'll Save By Migrating to CentOS Linux
Watch the short video below to learn how you'll save by migrating from RHEL to CentOS Linux.
Get Enterprise Support For CentOS
Using CentOS comes with cost-savings. But there can be risk as well. Learn how to eliminate the license costs associated with Red Hat and still get the support you need to be successful.
OpenLogic provides enterprise support to teams using CentOS around the world — including migrations from RHEL.