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Old   November 19, 2009, 11:35
Default Which Linux Distro for OpenFOAM and Fluent
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I am a FLUENT user and am starting to look at OpenFOAM 1.6 and would like to know what Linux Distros work with both products. What I have found out so far is OpenFOAM (from the readme) recommends OpenSUSE and Ubuntu 9. FLUENT tends to like enterprise versions (which I would like to avoid if possible due to the cost, unless you see benefits in them - please let me know). My goals are to see OF work on 1-2 computers and if successful, then expand to cluster.

So far I was thinking the latest (9.10) Ubuntu or OpenSUSE (11.2). I know that a lot of personal preference goes into distro choises, so please let me know if there is a performance difference that you have noticed.

Please let me know if you have had success with both FLUENT and OpenFOAM on the same linux distribution.

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With regards to Openfoam it doesn't matter. Just pick whichever you prefer (Fedora for me). Not sure about Fluent but we run STAR under Fedora with no problems.
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Please let me know if you have had success with both FLUENT and OpenFOAM on the same linux distribution.
We're running OF and Flünt on CentOS (which is basically RedHat-Enterprise without the support/costs) without problems

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So far, I have tried he following distros (all 64 bits) with both Fluent and OpenFOAM without any problem:

OpenSuse 10.2
OpenSuse 10.3
Ubuntu 7.10
Ubuntu 8.04
Ubuntu 8.10
Ubuntu 9.04

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What is the meshing program you use on linux. I just used Gambit in Windows, but I'm not able to get a linux version of it.

What is the alternative?
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I work on a mixture of SUSE / Red Hat systems with both codes (ANSYS / OpenFOAM). I would suggest openSUSE or SUSE Linux Enterprise (much less painful than Red Hat/CentOS/Fedora in my experience).
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just a hint: if you want to try openfoam to get confident with it and not mess with your current set up you might take a look at caelinux. it is a distro based on ubuntu 10.04 lts (if i remember correctly) with already OF 1.7, meshers, al lot of other CAE/FEM/CFD sw already intalled and running.

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As the posts above have mentioned OF will run in all/most distributions. I think Fluent is only officially supported in OpenSuse Enterprise and Red Hat Enterprise. So CentOS may be your cheapest (free) option with official Fluent support.

I have both OF and Fluent (and Gambit) working in Ubuntu.
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Here is Fluent and OF running on a Red Hat 5 machine. With the CentFOAM-Project it is really comfortable. I think trying CentOS could be an option.
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I'm using both Ubuntu 10.04 and Fedora Core 9 for ANSYS and OpenFOAM. However, Fluent and Gambit has some quirky bugs when used in Ubuntu 10.04!
It's GUI related bug.

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