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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Bill Shooter of Bul
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I'm really sort of curious how much the 100% binary compatibility really matters. Does anyone have any examples of a piece of software that has ever worked on CentOS but not Scientific?

I know many people that have RHEL in production, but use CentOS in development to save a bit on licenses. For them, it makes sense to use the closest possible OS to RHEL, which is CentOS. Those kinds of things are good to be paranoid about.

My current employer does not use a RHEL clone, but another distro. We do routinely get bits of source code ( drivers/utils for some exotic hardware) that are RHEL certified. That doen't work ( mainly due to kernel versions, gnulibc versions ect) and have some interesting security holes. Im almost glad we run into the obvious versioning problems so it forces us to look at the whole code base to find the security implications, rather than just installing the RHEL certified software and walking away after a successful install.

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