Ubuntu Vs Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Ubuntu and Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) are the two most popular Linux distributions. If you are using Linux then you probably have used one of these.

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


Ubuntu 22.04 LTS

Ubuntu is a distribution based on Debian Linux composed of mainly free and open-source softwares developed by Canonical and other communities of developers. Its main purpose is to serve user-friendly Linux desktops and servers.

Canonical provides security updates and support for each Ubuntu release until its designated end of life. A new version of Ubuntu is released every six months, with long-term support (LTS) releases once every two years.

Ubuntu comes in three editions –

  • Desktop
  • Server
  • and Core for IoT and robots

Also, Ubuntu is a preferred and one of the most popular operating systems for cloud computing.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux

redhat 9

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.

Ubuntu Vs Red Hat Enterprise Linux: The key differences

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


From the above discussion, we can conclude that Ubuntu can be freely used by all types of users and RHEL is a paid distribution that is generally used by large businesses.

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