[Sidefx-houdini-list] Linux Distro?

David Johnson daveinengland at gmail.com
Thu Aug 21 03:22:04 EDT 2014


I'm running RedHat 5.5 and I'm hating the OpenGL nightmare. I have to
change GL renderers every few minutes to try to find one that works for
every task.

On Thursday, August 14, 2014, Frederic Servant <frederic.servant at gmail.com>
wrote:

> RedHat/CentOS is often preferred at facilities because it runs the other
> packages and has a 10 year lifespan for updates thanks to the RedHat
> umbrella. Fedora's is 13 months in comparison.
>
> If you are only running Houdini, the distro shouldn't really matter, it's
> easily the most distro agnostic package out there.
> --
> Fred
>
>
> On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 7:45 AM, Alvaro Castaneda <varomix at gmail.com
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
>
> > CentOs is the same thing as RedHat linux, which has OLD libraries, they
> > sell it as stable but for them that means OLD kernels OLD libraries, that
> > where done 5 years ago, which in computer years is an eternity :)
> > That's one of the main reasons this is been done
> > http://www.vfxplatform.com/
> >
> > Also those distro are not meant for Desktop use, I've been forced to use
> it
> > and they are terrible, you can use it but is not great, specially for
> > individuals, if you have a big studio with a dedicated IT team you don't
> > care, they are the ones to fight it.
> >
> > I'll stop here, that's some of the reasons, but there's way way more.
> >
> >
> >
> >
> > On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 8:33 AM, Sandy Sutherland <sandy at sunrise.co.za
> <javascript:;>>
> > wrote:
> >
> > > Not sure why you say this about Centos - all our workstations are
> running
> > > it here, it is not difficult to set up.  The Mill use it throughout
> when
> > I
> > > was there and also the guys at Solid Angle say it is the best distro
> for
> > > VFX use.
> > >
> > > S.
> > >
> > >
> > > On 08/14/2014 04:29 PM, Alvaro Castaneda wrote:
> > >
> > >> If you're new to Linux go for ubuntu very easy to setup and get
> started,
> > >> you can use it and install drivers without any commands at all, Nvidia
> > >> drivers are really easy to install as well as houdini. I use it out of
> > the
> > >> box, with the Unity Ui and everything works really good including
> > houdini.
> > >> You can always switch to some other distribution later if you feel the
> > >> need
> > >> but please avoid CentOs that is not a distro made for desktop use is
> > more
> > >> suited for servers.
> > >>
> > >> If you have any linux related questions please ask
> > >>   On Aug 14, 2014 5:14 AM, "Neil Scholes" <neil at uvfilms.co.uk
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>  mint with xfce = houdini happiness.
> > >>>
> > >>> Sent from my iPad
> > >>>
> > >>>  On 14 Aug 2014, at 11:53, Nikola Wuttke <heiligeslama at gmail.com
> <javascript:;>>
> > wrote:
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Hey there,
> > >>>>
> > >>>> I'm running Houdini on Arch Linux for about two years now. Can't
> > >>>> remember
> > >>>> any problems. Had to write a small script to integrate the license
> > >>>>
> > >>> server into
> > >>>
> > >>>> the systemd start process but that were 5 lines or so.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Arch Linux is rolling release, which means it does not have a
> release
> > >>>>
> > >>> cycle
> > >>>
> > >>>> for versions. If new stuff comes out, it's tested and integrated
> into
> > >>>> the
> > >>>> current system. So no system upgrading to get new stuff. That can be
> > >>>>
> > >>> good and
> > >>>
> > >>>> bad at the same time. In my experience it is pretty stable, but you
> > have
> > >>>>
> > >>> to
> > >>>
> > >>>> know what your doing and read update logs.
> > >>>> Also the system does not come with much user land applications or an
> > >>>>
> > >>> desktop
> > >>>
> > >>>> environment, which means you can tailor the system pretty much to
> your
> > >>>>
> > >>> needs.
> > >>>
> > >>>> Arch Linux has a very good documentation and wiki and a solid
> > community
> > >>>>
> > >>> if you
> > >>>
> > >>>> run into trouble.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> In conclusion Houdini runs great on it. The system requires the user
> > >>>> experience and there is always the chance that rolling release can
> > break
> > >>>>
> > >>> stuff.
> > >>>
> > >>>> It's a great distro if you want to get deeper understanding of how
> > linux
> > >>>>
> > >>> works
> > >>>
> > >>>> and always want the newest software to play with.
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Hope that helps!
> > >>>>
> > >>>> Cheers!
> > >>>> Niko
> > >>>>
> > >>>>  On Thursday 14 August 2014 12:36:10 Sandy Sutherland wrote:
> > >>>>> Houdini seems to be the most safe package of all on pretty much any
> > >>>>> Distro - we are running it very happily with absolutely no problems
> > on
> > >>>>> Centos 6.5 here - both hescape and hmaster - running fine!
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>> S.
> > >>>>>
> > >>>>>  On 08/14/2014 11:44 AM, Paolo Berto wrote:
> > >>>>>>
> > >>>>>>  http://www.sidefx.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=
> > >>> view&id=415&Itemid
> > >>>
> > >>>> =269
> > >>>>>>
> > >>>>>> Out of the recommended ones I use Debian, if you have no
> experience
> > >>>>>> with Linux you might want to use Mint or Ubuntu.
> > >>>>>>
> > >>>>>> Anyway the good side is that you will immediately benefit of a 6x
> > I/O
> > >>>>>> performance boost since the Windows file systems completely sucks
> > :-)
> > >>>>>>
> > >>>>>>  On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 6:27 PM, judnas <judnas at msn.com
> <javascript:;>> wrote:
> > >>>>>>> Hey,
> > >>>>>>> I am considering to go with Linux over Windows. But I was
> wondering
> > >>>>>>>
> > >>>>>> which
> > >>>
> > >>>>  linux distro you guys recommend for Houdini FX use?
> > >>>>>>>
> > >>>>>>> Cheers,
> > >>>>>>> Jonas
> > >>>>>>>
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