OpenSUSE and RHEL(Red Hat Enterprise Linux) are two popular Linux distributions that target businesses or the corporate world.

Today in this article we will compare OpenSUSE and Red Hat Enterprise Linux and will see the key similarities and differences between them.



OpenSUSE is a free and open-source community-based RPM-based Linux distribution that was initially released on October 6, 2005. It developed and incorporated various tools such as YaST, Open Build Service, openQA, Portus, OSEM, etc, and primarily focuses on the stability and security of the system.

SUSE offers comprehensive training resources including online and in-person classes for its administrators. It provides subscription-based plans for technical support.

OpenSUSE is released in two versions –

Tumbleweed – Fast integrated and stabilized distribution

Leap – Get the latest of OpenSUSE

Red Hat Enterprise Linux


Red Hat Enterprise Linux or RHEL is an open-source rpm-based Linux distribution that is designed for business. It focuses on high stability and security and uses Fedora Linux as its upstream source.

The company which develops RHEL is Red Hat which is a subsidiary of IBM. Anyone who wants to use this distribution will have to buy the annual or monthly subscription which includes technical support and the Red Hat network.

It is released for different server versions including x86-64, Power ISA, ARM64, IBM Z, etc, and the desktop versions for x86-64.

OpenSUSE Vs RHEL: The key differences

The following table shows the difference between OpenSUSE and Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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From the above discussion, we can conclude that both openSUSE and RHEL are two popular distributions of Linux for businesses.

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