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zeliboba November 14, 2009 15:47

on which operating system you use openfoam?
 
I'm thinking about making a package (rpm, deb, ebuild) for freefoam (fork of openfoam with better building system). it is interesting what would be more useful for community. please choose linux distribution(s) where you use or would like to install openfoam. multiple choice is possible! by "use" I do not necessarly mean "compile", since you can also use binary build or your administrator did it for you. if your distribution is not mentioned or it is "other", please leave a comment in the thread. actually, any comments are welcome!

akidess November 16, 2009 15:28

I voted Ubuntu where I do the postprocessing, but I actually use OpenFOAM on a cluster with scientific linux 5.3 (RHEL based).

vital303 November 30, 2009 18:25

I voted Ubuntu. But it would be nice to see open(free)foam in gentoo because of Gentoo Prefix http://www.gentoo.org/proj/en/gentoo-alt/prefix/ It allows to unroll a convenient package system in unprivileged environment (without root access on the system).

alberto November 30, 2009 21:53

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeliboba (Post 236272)
I'm thinking about making a package (rpm, deb, ebuild) for freefoam (fork of openfoam with better building system). it is interesting what would be more useful for community. please choose a linux distribution where you use or would like to install openfoam. by "use" I do not necessarly mean "compile", since you can also use binary build or your administrator did it for you. if your distribution is not mentioned or it is "other", please leave a comment in the thread. actually, any comments are welcome!

Hello! Great idea.

I have two comments:
  1. Two main distributions are missing: Red Hat Linux Enterprise and SUSE Linux Enterprise. I don't know it this is intended or not, just wanted to point it out.
  2. Have you considered to use openSUSE buildservice to create these packages? You can build there for all the distributions you cited, debian/ubuntu included. The service is free, and packages would be hosted permanently on higly available servers, of course at no cost. You can take a look at https://build.opensuse.org/ Supported distributions are: openSUSE, SUSE Linux Enterprise, Fedora, RHEL, CentOS, Mandriva, Debian, Ubuntu, and it is possible to build against all of them with a single configuration file (well, 2 if building against debian/ubuntu too).
    I was considering to do something similar myself, since it would make live images creation much easier, so if you are interested, please tell me.
Best,
Alberto

zeliboba December 2, 2009 14:43

Quote:

Originally Posted by alberto (Post 238247)
  1. Two main distributions are missing: Red Hat Linux Enterprise and SUSE Linux Enterprise. I don't know it this is intended or not, just wanted to point it out.
  2. Have you considered to use openSUSE buildservice to create these packages? You can build there for all the distributions you cited, debian/ubuntu included. The service is free, and packages would be hosted permanently on higly available servers, of course at no cost. You can take a look at https://build.opensuse.org/

1. actually I took top-ranked distributions from distrowatch and left some fields for "others". of course rank on http://distrowatch.com/ does not represent popularity in scientific/industrial community, but at least something
2. thanks a lot for the hint! it is really useful.

alberto December 2, 2009 16:07

Quote:

Originally Posted by zeliboba (Post 238534)
1. actually I took top-ranked distributions from distrowatch and left some fields for "others". of course rank on http://distrowatch.com/ does not represent popularity in scientific/industrial community, but at least something
2. thanks a lot for the hint! it is really useful.

You're welcome! Don't hesistate to poke me if you have questions about the build service.
There is some effort starting to create a set of packages and a distribution for scientific applications based on openSUSE, as the openSUSE community already did for educational applications. It is still "work in progress". I'm pushing to do that, and I will take care of a part of the project myself, so if you want to join, you're surely welcome :D

Best,
Alberto

zeliboba December 7, 2009 17:39

random thoughts
 
there is a message here I've posted almost one year ago with statistics on OF forum. I was just curious is there something new? nothing:
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Forum                                                            Threads  Posts
OpenFOAM Installation                                  727        5413
OpenFOAM Meshing / Mesh Conversion        642        4111
OpenFOAM Pre-Processing / FoamX              364        1739
OpenFOAM Running / Solving / CFD              3547      20212
OpenFOAM Post-Processing                          550        3268
OpenFOAM Programming and Development  103        353
OpenFOAM Other                                            424        2119

installation issues persistently take the second place after usage. more verbose: the installation of the CFD software is raising more questions then pre- or post-processing.

hallo, people! do you think it is normal?! maybe it is better to resolve this issue, instead of writing cookbooks, then patches to cookbook, then patches to the patches?..

andy_ December 8, 2009 08:03

Interesting poll which I guess reflects the kind of people using OpenFOAM (or perhaps just those that respond to polls like this). As someone mentioned earlier, I would expect RHEL/Centos/ScientificLinux (all effectively the same thing) to be by far the most dominant version of Linux on scientific computers.

What proportion of people use OpenFoam on local desktop type machines and what proportion on server type clusters? If the former is dominant then perhaps that would explain the preference for Ubuntu.


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