Many operating system administrators and users ask questions about the best Enterprise Linux distribution. Therefore, to help you make an optimal choice, we have prepared a table comparing EuroLinux with other systems such as CentOS, RHEL®, Oracle® Linux, AlmaLinux or Rocky Linux.

Enterprise Linux distributions are a family of operating systems that are derived from the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® source code. Thanks to their origin they provide not only proven security, reliability and identical functionality, but at the same time they can be used interchangeably. Also, their repositories (sources of system patches) can be used interchangeably and, if necessary, in an automated way to switch from one repository to another. The Enterprise Linux family includes, among others: RHEL®, EuroLinux, CentOS, Oracle® Linux, AlmaLinux, and Rocky Linux.

These systems, while functionally and technically the same, differ in such things as support, licensing, business strategy, or the opportunities a particular distribution opens up for community collaboration. In the table below we present a comparison of important features of the most popular Enterprise Linux distributions:

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RHEL EuroLinux Oracle Linux AlmaLinux Rocky Linux CentOS
Manufacturer – type of organization corporation private company corporation non-profit foundation foundation depends on a corporation
Distribution creation year 2002 2015 2006 2021 2021 2004
Architectures x86_64, aarch64, ppc64le x86_64, aarch64 x86_64, aarch64 x86_64, aarch64 x86_64, aarch64 x86_64, aarch64, ppc64le
Lifecycle May 31, 2029 + TBD1 June 30, 2029 + TBD1 May 31, 2029+ TBD1 May 31, 2029 + TBD1 May 31, 2029 + TBD1 December 31, 20211
Free for commercial use to a certain degree
Systems covered by migration support CentOS, Oracle Linux RHEL, CentOS, Oracle Linux, Rocky Linux, AlmaLinux RHEL, CentOS RHEL, CentOS, Oracle Linux, Rocky Linux RHEL, CentOS, Oracle Linux, AlmaLinux -
Compatible with RHEL
Module versions compatible with RHEL - - - -
Manufacturer support - - -
Erratas - -
Documentation
Open documentation changing procedure - - -
BugTracker Bugzilla GitHub Bugzilla MantisBT Bugzilla MantisBT
Open repository RFC2 - - - - -
Cloud presence
DockerHub Yes (not updated)3
Quay.io Yes (not updated)3
Vagrant - - Yes (not updated)3 Yes (not updated)4
System rebuilding ability5 - - - - -
Public BuildRoot - - - - -
Batteries Repository - partial - - -

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1TBD – to be determined
2RFC – request for change
3update 21.06.2021 (as of 22.10.2021)
4update 07.12.2020 (as of 22.10.2021)
5package-building framework available