I chose SL for the focus on Maths and Science in particular Q-Mechanics and other physics related needs. Loaded up with absolutely no issues and up and running in no time. GNome has been my favorite for a long time. Libre is there along with Maria so it's out the box a great one.
Version: 6.9 Rating: 8 Date: 2017-09-03 Votes: 0
I tried Scientific Linux 6.9 as, while I have 64-bit hardware, I have a lot of 32-bit software and used the 32-bit Scientific. I found it stable, but switched to Mageia 6 for a wider software selection. I used Mageia 5 for several years, but am looking for a replacement as its out of date libraries were causing browser crashes. In Scientific 6.9, I found an easy installation with one caveat---the network installation disk doesn't include software for making a wireless connection and that's what I need on this system. I had to use a full installer. Then, the installer doesn't set up my wireless connection so I have to log it in manually whenever I start my desktop. The choice of desktops is needlessly limited---I don't like either Gnome 4 or KDE 3, far too heavy and awkward. I like Mate and LXDE, light enough and work well. They should be in the Scientific distro. I have some scientific interests, and would like access to R and Octave packages, as well as Yorick and Scilab. Just for fun, but with some wish to make personal use some of the R and Octave packages. As a chess and chess software buff, I would like to see a few more chess packages in Scientific. And I "roll my own" fairly often, and would like to have a more updated gcc such as the full set of gcc-4.9.4 files and/or the software to build and install my own copies of a gcc release. I just built gcc-7.2.0 and am quite pleased with it, except that they say gcc's java is out of date and was removed in recent releases. To finish on a positive point, Scientific is very well tested and bugfree, and that's a huge advantage compared to some of the poorly tested distros around now that don't install or run properly. Not enough Linux enthusiasts are putting the needed effort into testing on their target systems to make sure that installing, upgrading, repartitioning and so forth work like they should. Scientific is on my short list of very good trustworthy distros.
Version: 7.3 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-07-12 Votes: 3
One of The Greatest Linux in the world ..We love you from the bottom of our hearts ..SL makes lives easier ...No headaches easy going ....SL is a great service to humanity ..Thanks all.
Version: 6.9 Rating: 8 Date: 2017-06-22 Votes: 1
Reliable, Std Linux Red Hat + other advanced capabilities.
We use it with VMWare to run M$ when necessary for some cad packages.
We remove Libra office and install apachie Open office as some thing work better. Some time the French don't under stand business application.
Our systems are up 24 / 7 and are shut down every 6 mo. for cleaning and filter replacements.
The pere support is great. Ask a question and you get 3 -4 mature answers.
Version: 7.3 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-05-06 Votes: 3
Just flipped the distro to SL from whatever, as usual. But, it works Da, just out of the box.
My main task is just surfing only, nothing more. Gave 9 out of 10 for simplicity that works where a bunch of couples top-rated failed either to boot or install.
Version: 6.9 Rating: 9 Date: 2017-04-18 Votes: 9
Before I migrate to the 7-branch, I stay as long with 6 as I can. And once 6 is no longer supported, I'll consider Devuan.
Scientific Linux shows an overall good performance, comes with all necessary tools and software products. Since it is intended for the science community it is not perfectly prepared for multi-media usage, but its a great system for Databases, development, file services, Web-Server....... etc
Version: 7.3 Rating: 8 Date: 2017-04-13 Votes: 6
stable and solid. make sure to yum install epel-release to expand your package selection.
Version: 7.3 Rating: 6 Date: 2017-04-06 Votes: 0
I tried using it. There are no much special features when compared to Ubuntu.
I would prefer to use Ubuntu and install rest features by myself.