[Beowulf] Which distro for the cluster?

Ed Hill ed at eh3.com
Fri Dec 29 06:24:48 PST 2006

On Fri, 29 Dec 2006 02:48:04 -0500 (EST) "Robert G. Brown"
<rgb at phy.duke.edu> wrote:

Hi folks,

I wanted to respond earlier to this thread but RGB has already done a
better job of covering the points I hoped to make.  :-)

In my experience FC makes a very usable cluster OS.

> Also, plenty of folks on this list have done just fine running
> "frozen" linux distros "as is" for years on cluster nodes.  If they
> aren't broke, and live behind a firewall so security fixes aren't
> terribly important, why fix them?  I've got a server upstairs (at
> home) that is still running <blush> RH 9.  I keep meaning to upgrade
> it, but I never have time to set up and safely solve the
> bootstrapping problem involved, and it works fine (well inside a
> firewall and physically secure).


If it has sufficient security (FW, private network, etc.) and its
running well for your applications then theres *no* reason to blush
here.  If it works, it works.  There's no shame in making efficient use
of your time.  Quite the opposite...


Edward H. Hill III, PhD  |  ed at eh3.com  |  http://eh3.com/
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