[lug] FC9 DVD's?

Dallas Masters dallas.masters at gmail.com
Thu May 29 16:01:36 MDT 2008

I second the Gentoo recommendation.  I've been using it for a few years now 
and have deployed it on various systems from clusters to laptops.  There are 
no "releases," and everything is customizable.


On 2008-05-29, Lee Woodworth wrote:
> Geoffrey David Anderson wrote:
> > Great responses from everyone.  But I'm not really looking for awsome
> > wallpaper.
> >
>  > I'm an intermediate/advanced Linux user looking to build a small cluster
>  > which will function as a portal to various computationally intensive
>  > geospatial analytical services and serve as a render farm for very high
>  > resolution 3D terrain animations.
> I'd be interested to know what rendering system you use and what
> model/material formats it can import. The cad renderers I have been using
> take a while: 27 hours for a 1500x1700 image on a 1.6GHz amd64-x2 dual
> core. Its an interior view, ray-traced, with 21 light sources. Would be
> nice to free up the laptop.
>  > Except for the front end controller node, the other machines in my
>  > cluster will likely be gui free (That means headless right?).
> >
> > I bought a box from Club Linux in 2000 that came with Red Hat, which I've
> > stuck with,
> >
>  > and then Fedora for no particular reason except that it seems to work
>  > swell for the Open GIS stuff I tinker with.
> FYI Fedora 7 uses a customized setup for java. They convert things to use
> gcj instead of the sun or ibm jdks. Looked like it would be hard to use
> outside packages (such as jabref a java-based bibliography manager) so I
> tried to install without gcj. That was a lot of work to uninstall the gcj
> stuff. Maybe FC9 is more standard.
> > If particular distros really suck for "real,production" server side
> > scenarios, then, I'm looking for a disto that's particularly great for
> > "real,production" server side deployment.
> Gentoo is very customizable, can be as stripped down as you want. Potential
> issue is it is source-based: great for optimizing binaries to a specific
> machine, slower installs due to the compilation. Source compilation also
> means you can select what parts/features of a package are included with USE
> flags (-xxx turns a feature off): net-dns/bind [R 9.4.2]
>          berkdb -dlz -doc* -idn ipv6 -ldap -mysql -odbc -postgres
> -resolvconf (-selinux) ssl -threads -urandom
>      berkdb - berkley db
>      idn - internationalized domain name support
>      dlz - dynamically loaded zones (3rd party extension)
>      mysql, odbc, postgres - database support
> Depends on the package how many flags there are. Language bindings for libs
> (python, java, perl) and static linking are frequent options. You can also
> create binary packages for distribution on a cluster. There are no 'stable'
> releases that get security fixes backported to them. For many people this
> is an issue.
> OTOH, Hyves in Europe has 1800 gentoo servers managed by 9 people (they
> call it controlled chaos). See
> http://www.gentoo.org/news/en/gmn/20080424-newsletter.xml.
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