Linux vs FreeBSD clusters (was: how are the Redhat product changes affecting existing and future plans?)

Arthur H. Edwards edwardsa at
Mon Nov 10 00:22:33 EST 2003

On Sun, Nov 09, 2003 at 11:00:18PM -0600, Gerry Creager N5JXS wrote:
> Until the Debian model allows me to find libs where I am used to looking 
> for libs (and doesn't mandate /share over /usr/local) as well as a few 
> more little nagging issues, I'm not going there.  I don't, honestly, 
> have time for me to adapt, and to make my students adapt!
> One of my hopes for LSB was that I'd be able to go from distro to distro 
> without some of those headaches.  Hasn't happened yet.
> gerry

It is interesting because one of the initial attractions for Debian
was its organization of libraries and configuration files. Afer RH, it
seemed totally transparent. I guess this is just a matter of personal
taste. I would be surprised, though, if after trying apt-get, you
could ever go back to the rpm model.


> Arthur H. Edwards wrote:
> >On Fri, Nov 07, 2003 at 02:17:48PM -0500, Mark Hahn wrote:
> >
> >>>of SGE to NetBSD, too.  I hope to expand the awareness of NetBSD in
> >>>particular for cluster usage in the near future.
> >>
> >>why?  I've never understood the evangelical aspect to *BSD 
> >>(or for that matter Debian).  is there a tangible, measurable benefit?
> >>I'm not sure it's effective to advocate a niche OS/dist for 
> >>ideological reasons or just plain personal preference...
> >
> >
> >It is true that Debian has a core of developers that are very
> >committed to a particular definition of free software, and this often
> >carries with it a surprisingly consistent set of philosophical
> >POVs. Nonetheless, Debian is remarkably stable and it has, by far, the
> >best package management system I have ever come across. I use it on
> >all my machines with great overall happiness. With RH moving toward
> >the Big-Bucks model of software, I will not be surprised if I see many
> >new Debian users over the next few months.
> >
> >Art Edwards
> >
> >
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