[Beowulf] HPE to acquire Cray

Jonathan Aquilina jaquilina at eagleeyet.net
Fri May 17 22:05:00 PDT 2019

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From: Beowulf <beowulf-bounces at beowulf.org> On Behalf Of Gerald Henriksen
Sent: 18 May 2019 01:27
To: Beowulf at beowulf.org
Subject: Re: [Beowulf] HPE to acquire Cray

On Fri, 17 May 2019 10:10:16 -0400, you wrote:

>On Fri, May 17, 2019 at 10:01 AM Jonathan Aquilina 
><jaquilina at eagleeyet.net> wrote:
>> Redhat and IBM im worried as I use Centos big time and then the only thing I can think of is forking fedora and roll a rolling distro if they decide to pull the plug. But we have to wait and see.
>in regards to centos, that's another ugh moment.  i was looking to see 
>when centos was going to drop v8.  to me the the one wiki page they put 
>up reads like a big whine about how much work there is and people 
>should stop asking.

This happens every time, people expect CentOS to ship at the same time as RHEL and it has always been a couple of months later is my recollection, perhaps with at least one case being longer.

While being part of Red Hat helps with some things it is still a large amount of work, and the move to Fedora infrastructure will be causing some new issues.

As for the Red Hat / IBM issue, time will tell I guess.  Anything major though would likely mean a bunch of Red Hat employees suddenly being available and so it might be worth taking a wait and see approach.

>and intel just released a linux distro (i didn't read into it much), so 
>i wonder if openhpc might move to that and drop centos.  in my view 
>centos's future is uncertain, which makes me unhappy :(

Clear Linux has been around for at least a couple of years, the biggest (and obvious) issue is that it is aimed at Intel processors and anyone using AMD is likely to have various issues (not to mention the unlikelyhood of having Clear Linux run on ARM or Power for those who that matters).

And with yet another Intel security issue released this week that is causing performance issues jumping onto an Intel focused distribution may not be an action to take without a lot of thought.

Unless someone (with a realistic plan for the manpower and
infrastructure) forks Fedora / CentOS then realistically I suspect that most valid althernative to Fedora / CentOS / Red Hat is Debian (unless one really needs corporate support) given the either Ubuntu or openSUSE also have the risk of a takeover.

---- RE the above. This is something I have been mulling over in all honesty.
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