CentOS or Redhat Enterprise Linux

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Can you explains the basic difference between CentOS and RHEL?

CentOS Linux is based on the source code of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. However, due to legal issues CentOS can not use Redhat or RHEL trademarked name on their site or on DVD media. CentOS now refers to Red Hat as the “Upstream Vendor” and a “Prominent North American Enterprise Linux Vendor.


CentOS has numerous advantages over some of the other clone projects including: an active and growing user community, quickly rebuilt, tested, and QA’ed errata packages

CentOS does not provides the RHN style support. It depends upon community mailing lists, forums and 3rd party sites to provide support. CentOS Linux is free but do not get any commercial support or consulting services from Red Hat and lack any software, hardware or security certifications. Also, the CentOS do not get access to Red Hat services like Red Hat Network. If you need access to RHN or support service go for Redhat otherwise CentOS will help you.


Posted by: Vivek Gite

The author is the creator of nixCraft and a seasoned sysadmin, DevOps engineer, and a trainer for the Linux operating system/Unix shell scripting. Get the latest tutorials on SysAdmin, Linux/Unix and open source topics via RSS/XML feed or weekly email newsletter.

3 comment

  1. I think CentOS is a fantastic enterprise solution for any company operating within a Linux environment. I’m currently running a group of CentOS servers within a Active/Passive cluster with CentOS 5.5 that operates without any complications.

    1. hi Edward,
      can you send me your mail ID.i want advise from you for implementing CentOs Cluster in my office environment.
      Please help me.

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