Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 23rd Mar 2012 22:44 UTC
Linux "Scientific Linux is an unknown gem, one of the best Red Hat Enterprise Linux clones. The name works against it because it's not for scientists; rather it's maintained by science organizations. Let's kick the tires on the latest release and see what makes it special."
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RE: better devs than CentOS
by rklrkl on Sat 24th Mar 2012 10:53 UTC in reply to "better devs than CentOS "
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CentOS did have a "blip" before releasing 6 (there was also an issue with 5.X releases coinciding with 6). However, if you hung on with CentOS like I did, they've fixed the update issues in fine style now.

Firstly, they introduced a Continuous Repo for both CentOS 5 and 6, which provides the important updates from the next point release very quickly, allowing the CentOS devs to spend more time working on that next point release.

Secondly, they sped up the whole build process for the next point release, so much so that CentOS 6.2 came out only 2 weeks after RHEL 6.2 and well ahead (2 months!) of Scientific Linux 6.2. The thing I like about CentOS is that it strives for 100% binary compatibility with RHEL, which Scientific Linux doesn't. Hence anything certified for RHEL is also going to work out of the box with CentOS, again not true for SL.

CentOS is now, IMHO, the preferred RHEL clone and it's probably time that Scientific Linux merged with CentOS because we really don't need more than one RHEL clone (and we certainly don't need Oracle's clone either, that's for sure!).

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