[Beowulf] A press release
landman at scalableinformatics.com
Tue Jul 1 12:53:23 PDT 2008
Mark Hahn wrote:
>> Hmmm.... for me, its all about the kernel. Thats 90+% of the battle.
>> Some distros use good kernels, some do not. I won't mention who I
>> think is in the latter category.
> I was hoping for some discussion of concrete issues. for instance,
> I have the impression debian uses something other than sysvinit - does
> that work out well? is it a problem getting commercial packages
> (pathscale/pgi/intel compilers, gaussian, etc) to run?
We have multiple Ubuntu servers up, and thus far, no major problems
... just a few "translational" gotchas. We have successfully run pgi,
intel, gaussian, gamess, ... on our Ubuntu units as well as our
RHEL/Centos, Fedora, ...
> the couple debian people I know tend to have more ideological motives
Yeah ... can't escape this. I like some of the elements of
Ubuntu/Debian better than I do RHEL (the network configuration in Debian
is IMO sane, while in RHEL/Centos/SuSE it is not). There are some
aspects that are worse (no /etc/profile.d ... so I add that back in by
> (which I do NOT impugn, except that I am personally more swayed by
> practical, concrete reasons.)
Building and deploying updated/correct kernels with Ubuntu/Debian is far
easier (the build is much easier/saner) than with SuSE, RHEL, ... From
a pragmatic view, this is what why we have a slight preference for that.
Joseph Landman, Ph.D
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