Linux distributions are versatile, there are systems for all purposes, from a distro to be used on the secretary’s computer to your server where your company’s precious data will be stored. Here we show 7 Linux distributions that are commonly used in companies and that you can use in yours too.
Our list does not necessarily go from the best to the worst, or the other way around, after all, this is all relative to your need. We are going to focus on showing systems that are robust and friendly enough to meet business demand, considering stability, accessibility, compatibility and support as key features, come on?
1 – Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)
Red Hat is one of the most famous and solid companies that work with Linux. The company and its distribution, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, besides influencing other projects like CentOS and Fedora, is the choice of many companies for professional services, especially thanks to the support. It is certainly a good choice for your business, however, Red Hat’s services are not the cheapest, so many people opt for the next distro on our list.
– Red Hat website
2 – CentOS
Well, there is not so much to add here. CentOS is basically Red Hat, only without Red Hat with its support and specific programs behind it. Many companies end up opting for it at its zero cost and because it basically has the same qualities as the “red hat” distribution, simply investing in the technical team that will take care of the system. It is also commonly used on servers.
– CentOS website
3 – SUSE Linux (openSUSE)
SUSE is one of the oldest Linux distributions, like Red Hat, its history is mixed with the first steps in Linux in the business world. Not so popular in Brazil, SUSE is very successful in Europe and the choice of many companies.
OpenSUSE is the community version of SUSE Enterprise Linux, in a relationship similar to what Red Hat has with CentOS, however, even more unified between the projects, which are basically the same system. (It should be noted that openSUSE has versions for regular releases and Rolling Release versions, pay attention when making the choice). OpenSUSE can be used both as a Desktop and on servers.
See too: Full analysis (even!) Of openSUSE
– SUSE website
– openSUSE website
4 – Ubuntu
It is difficult to make a list of any about Linux distributions without including Ubuntu. The system is literally a “stick for every job”. Many companies use it as a Desktop for employees, and it is certainly one of the best options among Linux distributions to serve end users, however, it is not limited to that, Ubuntu as a server too it is widely used around the world in the most varied services. With LTS versions and commercial support, Ubuntu can be an interesting alternative for your business.
– Ubuntu website
5 – Linux Mint
Linux Mint has established itself over the years as the gateway to the Linux world for many users. Thanks to its familiar interface, it is perfectly possible to use it on “simple” machines that will be operated by laymen, or where the computer is shared. I know some companies that chose it for the low learning curve.
Mint does not have a support plan like Ubuntu, but because it is based on it, practically all Canonical system documentation is for Linux Mint, with some exceptions. The ideal is to use Mint as the Desktop, for servers there are slightly better distros, like some that have already been commented in the post.
– Linux Mint website
6 – Debian
Like Ubuntu, it is difficult to list Linux distributions without mentioning Debian. Debian is one of the most stable systems out there. Its stable version is widely used by servers that need a robust system with very few bugs. Not so popular on desktops, perhaps Ubuntu and Mint are better options, Debian with a little bit of treatment and some tweaking, can also perform this function.
There are many multinational companies that invest in Debian, just because they use the distro in their products, jobs and services, you will certainly be in good hands. Debian is also a multiplatform system, which runs on several different architectures.
– Debian website
7 – Qubes OS
If Debian Ubuntu are popular figures in these lists, the same cannot be said of Qubes OS, it has a very interesting proposal that may be of interest to many companies, or almost all, security.
Tip: Read the Wikipedia page of the system to understand better.
What QubesOS can do is work with virtualization of several systems and standardize them under an interface containing applications with different access profiles, even if they run simultaneously, they are isolated from each other. This allows you to have a web browser or text editor designed for work and another window with different access profiles that you can use to access videos on YouTube, check out the video explained (in English) below:
– Qubes OS website
With Linux you go further!
Of course, this list is not immutable, so if you think that some more distribution should appear here, feel free to add it to our list through comments, so more people will be able to find out about the alternatives.
Also read: 30 large companies using Linux
It is common to think of Linux in server companies, but it goes far beyond that, it is possible to make Linux-based systems faithful and arguably useful companions for the daily lives of companies of all sizes.
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