|When Red Hat discontinued the free Red Hat Linux and introduced Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), demand for clones spawned a slew of clones based on RHEL sources. Many of the projects — White Box Enterprise Linux, Tao Linux, and Lineox — have since gone offline or simply gone silent. Only CentOS and Scientific Linux have survived the long haul, and only Scientific Linux has managed to put out a release based on RHEL 6.0. It is also keeping pace with 6.1 as the Scientific Linux 6.1 alpha released less than two weeks after RHEL 6.1.|
Scientific Linux is a distribution pulled together from the source of RHEL. It started life as High Energy Physics Linux (HEPL), developed by Connie Sieh. After Sieh solicited input from other labs and universities, two things were clear — there was definitely interest in a lab-focused distribution from RHEL sources, and the name wasn't quite right for labs and universities not working with high energy physics.
The name was changed to Scientific Linux and the first release (3.0.1) came out on in May of 2004. Since then, the project has followed RHEL releases fairly closely — though there was a significant delay between the release of RHEL 6.0 (November 2010) and Scientific Linux 6.0 (March 2011). With the 6.1 release, Scientific Linux is closing the gap — RHEL 6.1 was released in mid-May, with the first alpha for Scientific Linux out on June 1st.
Scientific Linux 6.1 carries the same updates as the upstream release, as well as a couple of minor tweaks. Specifically, 6.1 has a new graphical theme called "Edge of Space," and has moved some of SL's repositories (testing and fastbugs) to an optional package rather than enabling them by default.
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One of the best parts is this quote from the article I liked best:
|In other words, the updates generally appear within a day for security releases and within a week for other errata. However, users should be aware that this is not an iron-clad guarantee that security updates or errata will be available in as timely a fashion as they might like. However, Scientific Linux has a fairly good track record. What's the secret to providing consistent updates over the long haul? It doesn't hurt that Scientific Linux has folks like Dawson and Sieh that are paid to work on Scientific Linux (at least in part) by Fermilab — and the entire development team is not allowed to go on vacation at the same time so at least one developer is always available.|
And that my friends is what makes a good distro.
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