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Re: linux - scientific

On Mon, 23 Jun 2008 00:11:52 -0700, g <geleem bellsouth net> wrote:

> Francesco Principe wrote:
>> I use scientificlinux also.
>> Is a good distribution.
> for scientific work or because it is 'enterprise' and stable?

Scientific Linux is Redhat Enterprise Linux repackaged with modest
additions they see as valuable to their projects.   Scan their web
pages to see the difference.    The interesting additions
mostly involve scientific computational libraries and also some
filesystem stuff that makes sense for a global networked project 
like Cern....

Closer to Redhat Enterprise Linux is CentOS.  When comparing the two it 
is hard to find differences beyond the likes of "up2date", copyright icons 
and logos.  Sadly many users of CentOS do not understand the degree to 
which they are getting a free ride on RH's work.

If you are developing a product for internal use or sale to the world,
work and test with RHEL (redhat) directly where you can.   This gives
you a 'tested' environment to recommend for your customers.   Since RHEL
is not 'free' you may find that budgets limit RHEL to only a percentage 
of your site.

If your project has a long development time frame then Fedora
may give you a better view of the future.   For example new compiler
releases (GCC) will show up on Fedora first.   

	Nifty Hat Mitch
	T o m   M i t c h e l l

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