[Beowulf] A Good Linux Distribution to Start with?
camm at enhanced.com
Fri Sep 17 12:20:12 EDT 2004
Tilman Koschnick <til at belleville.ch> writes:
> Richard Miguel San Martin wrote:
> > Hi all, I was reading the thread about this topic and i cannt see
> > some opinion about
> > debian as an good distribution for clusters HPC. So, i know that is possible
> > build a cluster with debian .. but i ask you is a good solution too?.. exist
> > some successfull implementation with debian ?.
> > Thanks
> > R. Miguel
> Hi Richard,
> I'm running Debian and Redhat on clusters, and much prefer Debian. I'd
Ditto. We've been using Debian on our commercial proprietary cluster
for over five years and wouldn't run anything else.
> say Debian is a good solution for about any environment, if you can put
> up with not being on the bleeding edge with regards to software
> versions. Which in my book is a plus (not being bleeding edge, that is).
> I like things to be a bit more on the conservative side, well tried and
> tested, and to have longer release cycles. Besides, you can always work
> with backports to the current stable version. The coming version, 3.1
> aka Sarge, is already in pretty good shape and will be released any time
> soon (I'm using it already in a cluster environment).
> Apart from speed of release, Debian scores high in all other aspects:
> Superb software management (dpkg/apt), huge archive of already included
> and tested software (http://www.debian.org/distrib/packages), sensible
> defaults on package configurations, good bug tracking system, plenty of
> support on mailing lists. I could go on, but that might slip into
> religious realms :-)
> The only problem I had were clients wanting 2nd level support for third
> party software, and most software vendors don't certify for Debian. Most
> software still runs fine, it's the same Linux under the hood after all,
> but with many commercial products, you're on your own.
> Cheers, Til
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