CentOS vs Ubuntu - LinuxConfig.org


Ubuntu is an excellent all-around contender. CentOS is purpose built for the enterprise in every aspect of its design.

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://linuxconfig.org/centos-vs-ubuntu


If you’re comparing CentOS with Ubuntu server-wise, then it would make sense to say Ubuntu Server to be specific.

If you want to compare desktops, then go with Ubundu Dekstop and Fedora (but not CentOS). A general purpose desktop with CentOS is called Fedora.


A couple of things:

In the article you state:
“It should be noted that Apt has tools and capabilities build in to handle version upgrades between releases of the entire operating system. Yum doesn’t have those capabilities, leaving most Redhat/CentOS users to opt for a clean install to upgrade”

This might have been true back in the days?..but no longer. Its now possible to dio an in-place upgrade of Fedora using dnf system-upgrade as evidenced here: https://opensource.com/business/16/7/fedora-linux-dnf-system-upgrade

Its also possible to do so in CEntOS as well using this method: https://linuxacademy.com/blog/linux/centos-7-upgrading-from-centos-6-x-in-place/

Just thought I’d point that out. I mean, don’t get me wrong,…I appreciate all that Ubuntu has done for the open source community, they’ve had a lot of “firsts” when it comes to Linux, but it also has its share of issues as well. One that comes to mind?..is the Nvidia issue that I’ve been experiencing with a year old Dell XPS 15. How is it that a Linux distribution that’s been around since the 90’s?..cannot seem to get a video driver that can “replace” NVidia’s? (which does nothing after install except cause the machine to hang and freeze.) But that’s a desktop issue, NOT a server issue as most servers are installed with minimal or no GUI at all.