Ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Benchmarks

The enterprise server operating system market is dominated by Linux. There are more than 25 millions desktop users of Linux too. However, being open source in nature it is freely available, and developers have latched upon this opportunity. They are in the process of developing derivatives of Linux for operating devices ranging from server to mobile phone and tablet. Competition amongst the different derivatives of Linux is the buzz in the market now. Even mobile and android handset makers are aiding such development because they are afraid of the monopoly of android OS in the handheld devices market.

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To be specific the competition is between ubuntu and redhat linux. The race is getting more and more competitive with the release of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7. Both are setting new benchmarks in the market. To weigh the performance of the two let us explore ubuntu 14.04 LTS vs. red hat enterprise Linux 7 benchmarks. Though both ubuntu 14.04 LTS and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 are still evolving some of the benchmarks can be analyzed at this juncture.

Linux version

The ubuntu 14.04 LTS is using Linux 3.12 kernel, but is likely to move up to the Linux 3.13 kernel.

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 on the other hand is using a hardened version of the Linux 3.10 kernel.


Both the evolving systems are using the GCC 4.8.2 compiler.

3D graphics

The Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is on the Mesa 9.2 open source libraries whereas the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is on the Mesa 10.0.

Desktop environment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is using the classic GNOME shell desktop environment, but the Ubuntu 14.04 is using its own interface Compiz.

Advantages of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7

The primary advantages are tremendous improvement in performance, reliability and scalability of the server or other devices. A host of innovative features in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 lets the developer, system administrator and the architect use necessary tools to manage servers more efficiently and also to innovate. Moreover, the Linux container architecture in red hat enterprise Linux 7 provides sandboxing technology which isolates specific applications from others in the same host OS and lets it run in the secure environment of a container.

Advantages of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

This is a long term support OS for both desktops and servers. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS guarantees bug fixing for five years and security updates coupled with general maintenance. The new version is obviously more responsive and kinder on device resources. Again, the troika of stability, dependability and performance are the key features of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. The latest version of ubuntu is geared towards tablets so that it can capture the lucrative tablet market.

Perhaps, the Mir display server is going to the most noticeable change in the latest version of ubuntu. The Mir display server is being reengineered for use in tablets and smartphones so as to let the user multitask such as playing games while listening to music. It is also being geared towards high end performance of games, good battery life and other display capabilities. Overall, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 is more a server OS whereas the Ubuntu 14.04 is being engineered for capturing the tablet and Smartphone market as well.

Patricia Alba is a community manager for Funyo and also manages their digital platform for reputation management. Besides her professional inclination, she also loves to travel and click food items.

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