What makes CentOS "enterprisey" compared to "generic" distributions like Ubuntu?
When I say "enterprisey" I actually mean "better for server deployments". Just a general question, because I was thinking of hosting a web application on my computer (which runs Ubuntu) and came upon a page that said that CentOS had 30% market share for servers. Of course, that doesn't exactly indicate that it's better in anyway, so I just wanted to ask.
There's another thing I really fail to understand ... most of these distributions, use the same applications, have the same package manager, and all of them are powered by the same kernel. Where's the difference, then?
RHEL's "happy text page" says:
- more secure applications
- protection against commonly exploited security flaws, e.g. buffer overflows integrated in the standard software stack
- highest-grade protection via the SELinux security feature. Protects system services from attacks, full transparency and is easy to extend and adopt.
- smartcard authentication support
- How? Unless RHEL somehow has modified versions of the software stack that you'll be using (in my case, Python and SQLite3), there wouldn't be any difference.
- Doesn't every other distribution claim that?
- I've heard about problems concerning SELinux. Would like to know more about it.