Cluster Poll Results (tangent into OS choices)
msnitzer at lnxi.com
Mon Nov 3 18:51:41 EST 2003
On Fri, Oct 31 2003 at 13:37,
Wei Deng <weideng at uiuc.edu> wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 31, 2003 at 02:44:59PM -0500, Vann H. Walke wrote:
> > - OSCAR / Rocks / etc... - generally installed on top of another
> > distribution. We still have to pick a base distribution.
> From what I heard from Rocks mailing list, they will release 3.1.0 the
> next Month, which will be based on RHEL 3.0, compiled from source code
> that is publicly available, and free of charge.
Rebuilding RHEL3 into a freebie-ripoff version doesn't pass the smile-test
for corporations trying to coexist and actually work with Red Hat. Why
not focus that questionable rebuilding effort on a more worthwhile task?
E.g. porting Fedora Core to support amd64, ia64, etc; adding features to
Fedora Core that are relevant to clustering, etc.
> Even though Rocks is based on RedHat distribution, it is complete, which
> means you only need to download Rocks ISOs to accomplish your
All well and good, but basing a "complete" clustering solution on a reverse
engineered RHEL is completely underhanded and wrong (regardless of whether
you feel RH is being greedy or whatever). Ripping off RHEL is a pretty
cheap contribution to the advancement of free clustering technology. But
maybe this type of thing gets peoples' ROCKS off?
(these views are my own; I just happen to work for a clustering company ;)
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