If Linux is free and open source, why would you want to pay for a commercial distribution? Community distros are a great option for beginner Linux users who don’t have much experience with the command line, or who just want to play around and experiment. If you’re trying to support a server for a long period of time, community distros like Fedora might not be the best choice. A community distro relies on forum-based support from its community members, and release cycles aren’t always on a regular cadence.
Enterprise distros, like Red Hat Enterprise Linux, are designed to meet business needs and concerns. Red Hat Enterprise Linux offers 10-year life cycle support (as opposed to Fedora’s 2 years of support), so you can better support long-term apps. With an enterprise distro, you get patches, updates, upgrades, expert technical support, and access to training and tutorials. Enterprise distros sometimes include package managers, which are programs that support the installation and management of Linux software packages.
Also with a commercially supported distro, you get the benefits of the latest open source innovation with the stability and support an enterprise needs. Red Hat has a team of engineers to help improve features, functionality, ease of use, reliability, user interface, user experience, and security to make sure your infrastructure performs and remains stable—no matter your use case and workload.