[Beowulf] best linux distribution

Buccaneer for Hire. buccaneer at rocketmail.com
Mon Oct 8 14:59:49 EDT 2007

--- Gerry Creager <gerry.creager at tamu.edu> wrote:

> Buccaneer for Hire. wrote:
> > --- Mike Davis <jmdavis1 at vcu.edu> wrote:
> > 
> >> I don't see this as a problem in a production
> >> cluster. The fact is that 
> >> I've been doing this stuff for a little over two
> >> decades and I can build 
> >> anything that I need for an application. For me a
> >> manual library build 
> >> for CentOs 3 is easier than trying to find
> support
> >> for FC4 or 
> >> reinstalling FC 1x per year. My CentOs 3 nodes
> have
> >> had less than 2hours 
> >> downtime in 2 years and that was due to a Power
> >> Upgrade at their 
> >> location, that required a complete shutdown of
> all
> >> machines on the floor.
> >>
> >> Now I should say, that I don't use diskless
> nodes,
> >> each node has its own 
> >> OS disk and most have a separate /tmp disk for
> >> scratch use. That is one 
> >> reason that we differ on OS, I believe.
> > 
> > You should use what works best for you.
> > 
> > But, building software on RHEL/CentOS is way more
> > difficult for the most part than building software
> > under Fedora.  That's the difference between ~1200
> > programs and thousands of programs in a distro. 
> I've had very little difficulty building programs
> under CentOS, all in 
> all.  In fact, lately, I've had problems with
> Fedora, as it is close to 
> bleeding edge, but the Centos stuff just works.  I
> may not be able to do 
> it with native RPMs, but I still remember how to
> drive a compiler, too.

I build a lot of software for my projects here at work
and for my non-profit and although they have taken
RHEL and done it better-the basic philosophy behind
RHEL prevents from moving too far afield.

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