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Re: Fedora target audience, what about the research area? (was Re: Leaving?)



On Fri, 28 Jul 2006, Kevin Kofler wrote:

Jesse Keating <jkeating <at> redhat.com> writes:
Those firms would have been much better off using a (free) enterprise minded
distribution.  Backported fixes, low churn, 5+ years of maintenance, etc...

Scientific Linux for example. This has been put together by CERN and Fermilab,
and is used in several research institutions. And it's a rebuild of RHEL's
SRPMs, just like CentOS (which is also an option).

As someone who helps choose a distribution for science work, it's very hard. Fedora moves so fast and updates so often that you cannot base anything stable on it, and the admin spends his life running around fixing things. I assume the only target audience for Fedora are hobbyists.

RHEL/CentOS/SciLinux move so slowly (particularly now that RH have slowed down the major release rate) that you end up with an ancient kernel that does not support the USB stuff scientists want or latest chipsets, an X.org which doesn't support the only graphics card you can buy (without nonfree drivers), and an archaic Python which doesn't run the software you want.

Such is life (any distribution suggestions welcome :-) (SL at work, Fedora at home)... I think this post is offtopic enough now.

Jeremy

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