[Beowulf] SuSE 9.3

Gerry Creager N5JXS gerry.creager at tamu.edu
Tue Jul 12 10:42:05 EDT 2005


Howdy!

Robert G. Brown wrote:
> Gerry Creager N5JXS writes:
> 
>> We have also become fond of CentOS (specifically, v4.0).
> 
> 
> Where it is worth parenthetically noting that Centos 4 "is" RHEL 4 which
> "is" Fedora 4, only frozen.  Also that (IIRC) Scientific Linux is built
> on top of RHEL 4 (and hence is "like" Centos plus add-ons if it doesn't
> actually share de-RH-logified rpms).
...
> I personally think that FC is only marginally less stable than the RHEL
> clones, for example, and in anything but a brand-new FC release the
> update stream almost certainly fixes those relatively few initial
> problems.  This makes yum a key component of any install, but WITH yum
> one has a truly impressive range of prebuilt RPMs available with the
> various add-on repos.

Iwill agree with your characterization of FC1, but I found FC2 to lack 
significant benefits for far too long.  FC3, well, I'm pretty happy with 
it.  We made the move to CentOS 4, realiznig it was a frozen FC4, but 
I'm also of the opinion that the FC's are a little more than beta but 
not quite gold, and the RHEL/CentOS versions are the result of a little 
more testing and learning about consequences.

We're going with "more stable" confident that we can, if needed, update 
from tarballs or FC RPMs if something's really broken and not in the 
rapid update cycle.

gerry

>> Vincent Diepeveen wrote:
>>
>>> Fedora core 2 i already tried and when installed at my dual, it was 
>>> wasting
>>> cpu time for nothing. The worst distribution ever. Not worth 
>>> downloading if
>>> your intentions are more than 'just run linux'. If you need to run
>>> applications that will eat system time, Fedora Core is the worst choice.
>>>
>>> In general Suse and Redhat are deteriorating, only their commercial 
>>> product
>>> lines might be doing fine, which are what is it, $1500 a piece or so in
>>> case of Redhat?
>>> Suse 9.3 was a waste of money. It doesn't even install correct. 
>>> Either you
>>> get 'kernel panic', or some file system stuff is going wrong.
>>>
>>> Amazingly Suse 9.0 at the same machine worked fine (but of course 
>>> 2.4.x is
>>> wrong kernel for a quad opteron so i must upgrade that).
>>>
>>> Anyone tried opensolaris.org actually and download their compiler at 
>>> http://opensolaris.org/os/community/tools/sun_studio_tools/
>>>
>>> Or is this all a big commercial show from Sun?
>>>
>>> At 05:40 PM 7/11/2005 -0400, Michael Joyner wrote:
>>>
>>>> After discussing it with the physics professor, we have decided to 
>>>> try Fedora 2 + OSCAR.
>>>>
>>>> Wish me luck! :)
>>>>
>>>> John Hearns wrote:
>>>>
>>>>> On Mon, 2005-07-11 at 11:32 -0400, Michael Joyner wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>> Brian R Smith wrote:
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>>> SuSE does come with a few helpful packages like mpich/lam and 
>>>>>>> queuing
>>>>>>> software like OpenPBS, but in my experience, you are always 
>>>>>>> better off
>>>>>>> following a more generic model: build it yourself.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>
>>>>>> We were initially looking at SuSE because that is what we have 
>>>>>> everywhere else. :)
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>> Well, use SuSE on your cluster then, if that is the distro which 
>>>>> you are
>>>>> most used to.
>>>>> Personally, I would shy away from Fedora, much though I have a liking
>>>>> for Redhat hand have used it for years.
>>>>>
>>>>> I agree with the advice though to build your own packages rather than
>>>>> relying on the RPMs.
>>>>>
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