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DistroWatch.com: Scientific Linux

Scientific Linux

Last Update: 2017-04-18 00:19 UTC


Scientific Linux is a recompiled Red Hat Enterprise Linux, co-developed by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory and the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Although it aims to be fully compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux, it also provides additional packages not found in the upstream product; the most notable among these are various file systems, including Cluster Suite and Global File System (GFS), FUSE, OpenAFS, Squashfs and Unionfs, wireless networking support with Intel wireless firmware, MadWiFi and NDISwrapper, Sun Java and Java Development Kit (JDK), the lightweight IceWM window manager, R - a language and environment for statistical computing, and the Alpine email client.

Popularity (hits per day): 12 months: 73 (171), 6 months: 62 (200), 3 months: 60 (218), 4 weeks: 48 (268), 1 week: 47 (258)

Average visitor rating: 7.67/10 from 3 review(s).


Scientific Summary
Distribution Scientific Linux
Home Page https://www.scientificlinux.org/
Mailing Lists https://www.scientificlinux.org/community/
User Forums http://scientificlinuxforum.org/
Alternative User Forums LinuxQuestions.org
Documentation https://www.scientificlinux.org/documentation/
Screenshots LinuxQuestions.orgDistroWatch Gallery
Screencasts LinuxQuestions.org
Download Mirrors https://www.scientificlinux.org/downloads/LinuxTracker.org
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Recent Related News and Releases
  Releases, download links and checksums:
 • 2017-04-17: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.9
 • 2017-01-26: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.3
 • 2016-02-06: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.2
 • 2015-08-27: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.7
 • 2015-04-14: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.1
 • 2014-11-13: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.6
 • 2014-10-14: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 7.0
 • 2014-07-26: Development Release: Scientific Linux 7.0 Beta 1
 • 2014-07-04: Development Release: Scientific Linux 7 Alpha
 • 2014-02-08: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.5 "Live"
 • 2014-01-31: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 6.5
 • 2013-11-12: Distribution Release: Scientific Linux 5.10
 • More Scientific releases...

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Feature 7.3 6.9 5.11 4.8 3.0.9
Release Date 2017-01-25 2017-04-17 2014-11-13 2009-07-21 2007-11-18
End Of Life 2024-06 2020-11 2017-03    
Price (US$) Free Free Free Free Free
CDs 1 DVD 2 DVDs 2 DVDs 6 4
Free Download ISO ISO ISO ISO ISO
Installation Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical Graphical
Default Desktop GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME GNOME
Package Management RPM RPM RPM RPM RPM
Office Suite LibreOffice LibreOffice OO.o* OO.o* OO.o*
Processor Architecture x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64 i386, x86_64
Journaled File Systems ext3, ext4 ext3, ext4 ext3 ext3 ext3
Multilingual Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Asian Language Support Yes Yes Yes cn, jp, kr, tw cn, jp, kr, tw
Full Package List 7.3 6.9 5.11 4.8 3.0.9
Package 7.3 6.9 5.11 4.8 3.0.9
abiword (3.0.2) -- -- -- -- --
alsa-lib (1.1.3) 1.1.1 1.1.0 1.0.17 1.0.6 --
ati-driver (16.40) -- -- -- -- --
bash (4.4) 4.2 4.1 3.1 3.0 2.05b
bind (9.11.1) 9.9.4 9.8.2rc1 9.3.6-P1 9.2.4 9.2.4
chromium (58.0.3029.81) -- -- -- -- --
cups (2.2.3) 1.6.3 1.4.2 1.3.7 1.1.22rc1 1.1.17
dhcp (4.3.5) 4.2.5 4.1.1-P1 3.0.5 3.0.1 3.0.1
e2fsprogs (1.43.4) 1.42.9 1.41.12 1.39 1.35 1.32
firefox (53.0) 45.4.0 45.8.0 24.8.0 3.0.11 --
freetype (2.7.1) 2.4.11 2.3.11 2.2.1 2.1.9 2.1.4
gcc (6.3.0) 4.8.5 4.4.7 4.1.2 3.4.6 3.2.3
gimp (2.8.20) 2.8.16 2.6.9 2.2.13 2.0.5 1.2.3
glibc (2.25) 2.17 2.12 2.5 2.3.4 2.3.2
gnome-shell (3.24.1) 3.14.4 -- -- -- --
gnucash (2.6.16) -- -- -- -- --
gnumeric (1.12.34) -- -- -- -- --
grub (2.02) 2.02beta 0.97 0.97 0.95 0.93
gtk+ (3.22.12) 3.14.13 2.24.23 2.10.4 2.4.13 2.2.4
httpd (2.4.25) 2.4.6 2.2.15 2.2.3 2.0.52 2.0.46
inkscape (0.92.1) 0.91 0.47 -- -- --
k3b (17.04.0) 2.0.2 1.0.5 0.12.17 0.11.14 --
kmod (24) 20 -- -- -- --
libgnome (2.32.1) 2.32.1 2.28.0 2.16.0 2.8.0 2.2.2
libreoffice (5.3.2) 5.0.6 4.3.7 3.1.1* 1.1.5* 1.1.2*
linux (4.10.13) 3.10 2.6.32 2.6.18 2.6.9 2.4.21
Package 7.3 6.9 5.11 4.8 3.0.9
lxde-common (0.99.2) -- -- -- -- --
mariadb (10.1.22) 5.5.52 -- -- -- --
mate-desktop (1.18.0) -- -- -- -- --
mesa (17.0.4) 11.2.2 11.0.7 6.5.1 -- --
mysql (5.7.18) -- 5.1.73 5.0.95 4.1.22 3.23.58
nautilus (3.24.0) 3.14.3 2.28.4 2.16.2 2.8.1 2.2.4
NVIDIA (378.13) -- -- -- -- --
openbox (3.6.1) -- -- -- -- --
openjdk (8u131) 8u111 8u121 1.7.0 -- --
openssh (7.5p1) 6.6.1p1 5.3p1 4.3p2 3.9p1 3.6.1p2
openssl (1.1.0e) 1.0.1e 1.0.1e 0.9.8b 0.9.7a 0.9.7a
perl (5.24.1) 5.16.3 5.10.1 5.8.8 5.8.5 5.8.0
php (7.1.4) 5.4.16 5.3.3 5.1.6 4.3.9 4.3.2
plasma-desktop (5.9.5) -- -- -- -- --
postfix (3.2.0) 2.10.1 2.6.6 2.3.3 2.2.10 2.0.16
postgresql (9.6.2) 9.2.18 8.4.20 8.1.23 7.4.19 7.3.19
Python (3.6.1) 2.7.5 2.6.6 2.4.3 2.3.4 2.2.3
qt (5.8.0) 4.8.5 4.6.2 3.3.6 3.3.3 3.1.2
samba (4.6.3) 4.4.4 3.6.23 3.0.33 3.0.33 3.0.9
systemd (233) 219 -- -- -- --
thunderbird (52.0.1) 45.4.0 45.8.0 -- 1.5.0.12 --
vim (8.0) 7.4 7.4 7.0 6.3.046 6.3.046
vlc (2.2.4) -- -- -- -- --
xfdesktop (4.12.3) -- -- -- -- --
xorg-server (1.19.3) 1.17.2 1.17.4 1.1.1 (6.8.2) --

Reader Ratings
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Average rating
7.7
from 3 review(s)



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Version: 6.9
Rating: 9
Date: 2017-04-18
Votes: 3


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


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Version: 7.3
Rating: 8
Date: 2017-04-13
Votes: 2


stable and solid. make sure to yum install epel-release to expand your package selection.


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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.


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