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Re: [opensuse-factory] openSUSE vs Ubuntu for Enterprise Scientific Computing Environment
On Saturday 04 June 2011 17:51:12 Di Pe wrote:

* About 3x more binary packages are available for Ubuntu, including
scientific applications.

This is illusion. For openSUSE you can find much software in OBS and also use
packages from other distributions (or rebuild them in OBS yourself if they
are incompatible). For example, you can just instal binary package with Open
Reduce from Scientific Linux.

* Ubuntu is hardware-certified for more Laptops we use. (Gnome and
Unity have better support for ‘encrypted wifi’)

* Enterprise "Long Term Support" (LTS) version is actually the
standard disto with longer support cycles and is free (gets
maintenance updates for 3 years on the desktop version and 5 years on
the server version / Suse SLES subscription $350/year)

At expense of up-to-date software. It is much more difficult to install new
software on older Ubuntu than on older openSUSE. Also note that Ubuntu's
support is very limited, they reject fixing some bugs in LTS even if there is
already a fix upstream. Their support for LTS is mostly limited to kernel
updates.

* 6-month release cycle indicates that Ubuntu focuses more on keeping
software up-to-date.

See the above.
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