[Beowulf] best linux distribution

Tony Travis ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
Mon Oct 8 14:28:59 PDT 2007

Jon Tegner wrote:
> Tony Travis wrote:
>> I also prefer Debian-based distro's and still run the openMosix kernel 
>> under an Ubuntu 6.06.1 LTS server installation on our Beowulf cluster.
>> What I like about APT (the Debian package manager) is the dependency 
>> checking and conflict resolution capabilities of "aptitude", which is 
>> more robust than the older "apt-get". I previously ran Red Hat 5.3->9 
>> and I've used both "up2date" and "yum". Neither of these is as capable 
>> of resolving package conflicts and dependencies as APT. I used APT for 
>> RPM when I ran RH9 for exactly this reason.
>> In my opinion, the package management system is a very important 
>> factor to take into account when choosing a distribution, as well as 
>> the range of tried and tested binary packages that are available. In 
>> that respect, Debian/Ubuntu has a lot to recommend it.
>>     Tony.
> Hi,
> regarding ubuntu, has anyone tried their adoption of kickstart?

Hello, Jon.

I just PXE boot an NFSROOT linux-2.4.26-om1 kernel on the nodes, and use 
UNFS3 with ClusterNFS enabled to share the root filesystem of one of the 
servers with the nodes.

Best wishes,

Dr. A.J.Travis,                     |  mailto:ajt at rri.sari.ac.uk
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