Thursday, May 10, 2018

Red Hat Enterprise Linux keeps growing

The Red Hat ecosystem keeps growing. Let's understand how much.
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Red Hat recently announced that its Red Hat Enterprise Linux is the Linux operating system leader. While that alone is magnificent, there's more in the original article than it seems.

The fastest growing operating system vendor

The stats below released by IDC in May 2018 show 14.5% increase in 5 year, making RH the fastest growing operating system vendor.
Worldwide Operating Systems and Subsystems CAGR by Vendor, 2012-2017

Strong Growth in the installation base

A growth in the installation base was also highlighted, making RH now side by side with Apple in OS installation base. That's fantastic!
Worldwide Operating Systems and Subsystems 2017 Share Snapshot
Still according to IDC,  Red Hat “remains a leading innovator of new Linux operating system technologies, as well as complementary technologies such as middleware, virtualization, and PaaS.”

RHEL for the rest of us

So what about the rest of us developers and small shops that can't afford a RHEL licence? In case you wonder, yes it's possible to run RHEL on the desktop but I'd like to point out two community-driven equivalents available for free: Fedora Linux and CentOS.


CentOS is a community-drivem free/libre/open-source RHEL equivalent operating system for servers. CentOS is a fantastic distribution, very stable and supported by a big, dedicated community. CentOS is also used in millions of servers worldwide. Want to know more? Check my reasons to run CentOS.


Fedora is one of the most cutting-edge distros out there and incubator for Red Hat Linux. If you want to be part of that innovation and run what will eventually be released on RHEL, then I'd urge you to try out Fedora. Fedora is also available on a multitude of options: KDE, XFCE, IoT, containers and more, much more. In case you're interested, learn why I use Fedora.


RHEL is a strong and leading Linux operating system for servers on enterprise software. That fact that it keeps growing worldwide means that, learning and using it is a fantastic opportunity from developers and sysadmins. In that end, both CentOS and Fedora are excellent alternatives and are available for free.

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Bruno Hildenbrand      
Principal Architect, HildenCo Solutions.