[Beowulf] A Good Linux Distribution to Start with?

Andrew Latham lathama at gmail.com
Fri Sep 10 09:51:25 PDT 2004


I think that there is a well rounded answer in the thread you created.
Personaly I like switching every now and then to see what is going on
out there. Basicly the distros are mostly LSB compliant which just
means that the directory structure and config files are mostly the
same. With a little work I can make any distro look like another. Its
all the same code, just wrapped differnently. Play with one, take
notes, then move on down the line.

Have fun

Andrew "Two Distro Spindels" Latham

On Wed, 8 Sep 2004 14:00:49 -0700, Dragovich, Jeff
<jeffdrag at seattleu.edu> wrote:
> I am at the point in my beowulf cluster construction where I need to pick the Linux distribution to use. I have a small cluster (10 nodes, CISCO switch, a single control machine). The cluster will support parallelizing/benchmarking a finite element program using MPI. I am currently the only prospective user, and don't need sendmail and a bunch of that stuff. Just dev tools. 
> Any comments on which Linux flavor to start with? I've read some jabs at Fedora. Can't find a FAQ (after about 4 hours of searching) that really discusses the pros and cons of each Linux variant related to Beowulf clusters. I know religion is a hot topic, but please don't flame the agnostic. :) 
> Jeff 
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