To quote the previous reviewer RHEL is a V-8 with 300K miles on it. It took me several hours to get through the registration process and installation. Once I had it installed and tailored to my needs I started to get down to business and start using the distro to start my development, which is what it touts to excel at.
Half way through the compiling process the system froze to the point that I had to power it off. After rebooting the system it was extremely slow to the point where it was unusable. I reinstalled the O/S and left everything at the base settings. I started compiling and watched it for the first 15 minutes while I installed Fedora 29.
Fedora 29 is a beautiful O/S and has made significant changes over version 28. I had the distro installed, configured and finished compiling while RHEL was still chugging along. I interrupted the system and rebooted it, which brought up a BSOD (Black Screen of Death). I placed a service call/email and have not heard back from them.
I searched the extensive knowledge base, which to their credit is excellent, but could not find my specific issue. I'll wait until the dust settles after the acquisition and try it again.
The company is the V-8 engine in the Linux world. They supply great documentation, build battle proven kernels, patch all needed programs and are made for pros !!!
RedHat is the Distro you want on your server and it is the ditro which runs by billion dollar companies. If I should choose between a Server OS it would always Red Hat (followed by CentOS as a free alternative).
Other distros are great too but for everything thats tagged with "server" or "workstation" ...RHEL is the way to go.
This is an acceptable operating system if an application you require supports Redhat and nothing else. If that is not the case there are better options available with SLES being my top pick.
Good base package selection
Supported by most third party applications.
Overpriced. Especially when compared to SLES or Ubuntu Enterprise both of with are superior to Redhat.
Redhat is too greedy. If you have an issue and try to look for help you actually have to login to their site because they are so greedy they require logging in to see solutions to a problem.
They put almost no effort into customizing the OS to look nice and be usable from the default configuration which requires editing profiles, and configuration files for a lot of minor things that most distributions do for you. An example of this is the lack of a colored PS1 prompt even for root.
By default host entry is added to /etc/hosts. NetworkManager is enabled by default and it wants to put the FQDN into /etc/hostname because it is too stupid to know that hostname should not return the same results as hostname -f. So adding a host entry is another thing that must be done which you should not have to do.
Another thing I hat is the unnecessary packages that get installed by default. For example, since when did most servers start needing wireless drivers installed?
Although Red Hat's commitment to providing long-term security support for packages is extremely commendable, the real world unfortunately moves somewhat faster, and this often results in many packages becoming increasingly stale over the lifespan of a Red Hat major version, and, in particular, making it difficult to install many popular web packages (somewhat ironic for a distro marketed as a more secure distro for servers). It is often necessary to scour the internet looking for third-party repositories to install newer versions of key packages, when instead, it should really be for Red Hat to make newer versions available as optional installations for those who need newer (not necessarily the newest) versions.
My personal choice would be for Debian or Ubuntu LTS instead, which combine both reasonable long-term support with the easy availability of newer software.
solid distro for production environments. Stable, stable and stable again as well as secure. Support is very good. Knowledge base is actively maintained. My OS of choice where clients demand high uptime and with demanding SLAs!!