Ubuntu vs Redhat

I prefer Redhat. My work colleagues prefer Ubuntu. At work we have a mix of both distros, with perhaps a little more Ubuntu. This leads to some inevitable friction - nothing major, just little niggles from time to time. One of my colleagues, in addition to being a Ubuntu fan, is also a bit of a Redhat hater in that he likes to verbalise to me why Redhat sucks and Ubuntu is superior. This set me thinking.

My attitude to the whole thing is one of use whichever tool lets you get the job done. The truth is, for most scenarios either distro is fine and so it usually just comes down to reaching for ‘old faithful’ - it’s a comfort thing. I started out with Redhat, and have never had a good reason to stop using it. By ‘it’ I mean Redhat based distros: RHEL, Centos, Scientific Linux, Fedora. I’m used to the Redhat way of doing things. If my boss told me tomorrow that I could not use Redhat anymore, I’d be a little sad but I’d quickly get over it I’m sure.


What follows are some (very subjective) pros/cons of each:

Redhat Pros

Redhat Cons

Ubuntu Pros

Ubuntu Cons