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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Misleading article
by moondevil on Sat 24th Mar 2012 06:17 UTC
moondevil
Member since:
2005-07-08

As someone that used to work at CERN, the article seems very bad written to me.

If memory serves me well, SL was only intended to be used at CERN and Fermilab, among other research institutes that collaborated with them. As a means to have an uniform distribution across all institutes.

It was never intended to be used in the outside world.

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RE: Misleading article
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Sat 24th Mar 2012 17:26 in reply to "Misleading article"
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Well, yes and no. It was never intended to not be used by the outside world as well. I have been evangelized by some core devs in the past. I would absolutely use it, if it weren't so gosh darn stable. I like my desktops to break every now and then from unstable packages that I can learn important lessons by fixing them. Like having multiple offsite versioned backups of important documents at all times ;)

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RE[2]: Misleading article
by Flatland_Spider on Mon 26th Mar 2012 13:39 in reply to "RE: Misleading article"
Flatland_Spider Member since:
2006-09-01

You can break it. You just have to use the third party repos indiscriminately and replace pieces with stuff you've compiled yourself. ;)

Like they say, where there's a will there's a way.

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RE: Misleading article
by tylerdurden on Sat 24th Mar 2012 20:31 in reply to "Misleading article"
tylerdurden Member since:
2009-03-17

Indeed.

Same goes for PU-IAS, another RHEL clone targeted towards scientific computing.

http://puias.math.ias.edu/

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