[Beowulf] A press release
gdjacobs at gmail.com
Fri Jul 4 16:19:54 PDT 2008
Gregory Warnes wrote:
> On 7/1/08 3:25PM , "Mark Hahn" <hahn at mcmaster.ca> 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?
> Debian uses standard sysvinit-style scripts in /etc/init.d, /etc/rc0.d, ...
> is it a problem getting commercial
> packages (pathscale/pgi/intel compilers, gaussian, etc) to run?
> I’ve never had any major problems. Most linux vendors supply both RPM’s
> and .tar.gz installers, and I generally have better luck with the
> latter, even on RPM based systems anyway.
> the couple debian people I know tend to have more ideological motives
> (which I do NOT impugn, except that I am personally more swayed by
> practical, concrete reasons.)
> My ‘conversion’ to use of Debian had little to do with ideological
> motives, and a lot more to do with minimizing the amount of time I had
> to take away from my research to support the Linux clusters I was
> maintaining at the time.
> Side note, one very nice thing about debian is the ability to upgrade a
> system in-place from one O/S release to another via
> apt-get dist-upgrade
> Much nicer than reinstalling the O/S as seems to be (used to be?) the
> norm with RPM-based systems
I did in place upgrades for RH8 machines to RH9 using APT-RPM, back in
the day. I'm not sure about Yum, as I just haven't had cause to use
RH/FC in some time.
Geoffrey D. Jacobs
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