[Beowulf] [External] RIP CentOS 8 [EXT]

Tim Cutts tjrc at sanger.ac.uk
Tue Dec 8 21:55:08 UTC 2020

We did use Debian at Sanger for several years.  The main reason for switching away from it (I’m talking about 2008 here) was a desire to have a common OS across desktops and servers.  Debian’s extremely purist stance on open source device drivers made it a pain on desktops and laptops, because it just didn’t work with most of the latest hardware as a result.  So we used Ubuntu instead, which allowed closed source drivers.

I thought of Ubuntu, at the time, as “Debian with added pragmatism”


> On 8 Dec 2020, at 21:50, Jörg Saßmannshausen <sassy-work at sassy.formativ.net> wrote:
> Dear all,
> what I never understood is: why are people not using Debian?
> I done some cluster installation (up to 100 or so nodes) with Debian, more or 
> less out of the box, and I did not have any issue with it. I admit, I might 
> have missed out something I don't know about, the famous unkown-unkowns, but 
> by enlarge the clusters were running rock solid with no unusual problem. 
> I did not use Lustre or GPFS etc. on it, I only played around a bit with BeeFS 
> and some GlusterFS in a small scale. 
> Just wondering, as people mentioned Ubuntu.
> All the best from a dark London
> Jörg
> Am Dienstag, 8. Dezember 2020, 21:12:02 GMT schrieb Christopher Samuel:
>> On 12/8/20 1:06 pm, Prentice Bisbal via Beowulf wrote:
>>> I wouldn't be surprised if this causes Scientific Linux to come back
>>> into existence.
>> It sounds like Greg K is already talking about CentOS-NG (via the ACM
>> SIGHPC syspro Slack):
>> https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.linkedin.com_posts_gmkurtzer-5Fcentos-2Dproject-2Dshifts-2Dfocus-2Dto-2Dcent&d=DwIGaQ&c=D7ByGjS34AllFgecYw0iC6Zq7qlm8uclZFI0SqQnqBo&r=gSesY1AbeTURZwExR_OGFZlp9YUzrLWyYpGmwAw4Q50&m=jLfA-668qdAa9HzPD-HBTocn7f-NX1ASGLHzPe9-pDs&s=WBEGOmHjR0oZG9TYnByQgXZhZUgAgNYGw6ENauHRt34&e= 
>> os-stream-activity-6742165208107761664-Ng4C
>> All the best,
>> Chris
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