There are two Linux distros that can be put in the Enterprise category. Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and SuSE Enterprise Linux Server (SELS). Both of these companies charge a fee to use these platforms and it usually includes some proprietary software plus some service agreements. These licenses can be quite expensive.
However there are a clone of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) version called CentOS which is a community-driven distro of the RHEL. It uses most of the code and software from RHEL but also adds some of its own packages and functions.
CentOS is using the most stable and reliable packages and are more concerned about stability and security than many of the other Linux distros. Instead of always adding the latest trendy functions they focus on first patching the important security and stability issues. This means you have a reliable server engine that will run and run without problems and hickups. When new features are ready and stable they will also get embedded into CentOS.
“The CentOS Linux distribution is a stable, predictable, manageable and reproducible platform derived from the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). We are now looking to expand on that by creating the resources needed by other communities to come together and be able to build on the CentOS Linux platform. And today we start the process by delivering a clear governance model, increased transparency and access. In the coming weeks we aim to publish our own roadmap that includes variants of the core CentOS Linux.”
We have chosen CentOS for most of our projects because of our successful experience and we are not alone. CentOS seems to be among the top three choices to run Open Source projects in 2018.