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  • Scientific Linux 6.0 Released As RHEL6 Rebuild

    Phoronix: Scientific Linux 6.0 Released As RHEL6 Rebuild

    While CentOS 6.0 has yet to be released, the university researchers and scientists working on Scientific Linux have officially released Scientific Linux 6.0. Scientific Linux 6.0 is basically a community, binary build of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=OTE2OA

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    Congratulations to the first RHEL6-derived, free (as in beer) distribution!

    For all intents and purposes this is probably production quality for use on servers where paid support is not required in the event of a problem. But with Debian 6.0 Squeeze having just come out as well, we have two really outstanding, up-to-date stable releases just now.

    Ah, it's so exciting when you have that perfect combination of rigorously-tested, stable packages and relative freshness. Give it two years to get to the point where we were in mid to late 2010, where the stable distros are ancient and crusty, and the afterglow will have completely faded as far as the featureset provided by these releases.

    But I think RHEL6 and derivatives will have a nice long service life and a lot of users, especially on non-commercial dedicated servers, and separately in industrial IT test labs.

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      Yep, just yummed my testing server over to SL6 from RH6beta. Nothing died....

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      • #4
        Originally posted by allquixotic View Post
        Congratulations to the first RHEL6-derived, free (as in beer) distribution!
        Oracle Linux 6 was released last month and is free to download and use.

        What is great about Scientific Linux is they show that a small team can be open about what they are doing, unlike the CentOS people who, apparantly, have so little time they can't even create a wiki page of where they are in the build process or be bothered to update their website.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by yogi_berra View Post
          Oracle Linux 6 was released last month and is free to download and use.
          Heh, yeah, if you can live with no updates....Oracle Linux 6 is practically useless unless you pay for a subscription.

          You can build the update packages yourself, but that really doesn't make sense on most systems running a derivative of EL6.

          Use Scientific Linux 6 or CentOS 6 when it gets out, and forget about Oracle. Oracle is only trying to hurt the free EL ecosystem which Red Hat have build up, so I really don't see a reason why anyone wants to support Oracle. Buy the original RHEL or use one of the truly free derivatives, and provide feedback whenever possible downstream as well as upstream.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Kenni View Post
            Heh, yeah, if you can live with no updates....Oracle Linux 6 is practically useless unless you pay for a subscription.
            Yeah, $119 per-machine per year is such a rip off. Like $3,249 for two socket machines per year and $6,498 for four socket machines per year isn't a rip off.

            Frankly, Oracle Linux is the least expensive option in that market.

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