OpenSuSE issues with a few things for cluster

First off, it appears that the zypper problem is solved. Zypper shares some similer command line bits with yum. This helped with a faster learning curve. Zypper also supports a feature I wish were in yum, but I use grep for.
zypper search gcc
and
yum list | grep gcc
are the same in function. Zypper is also much faster than yum. Interpreted languages don’t work so well with large data sets, such as many installation packages, and dense dependency trees they have to construct and traverse.
Also, our configuration file almost completely works with minor modifications. I’ll have to fix the package naming differences, but thats about it.
What doesn’t work? Funny you should ask.

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NIH syndrome: Yum doesn't work on SuSE 11.1

It seems that yum, a reasonably good, quite standard, and powerful tool for maintaining systems across Redhat/Centos, Fedora, and multiple other distributions … was deprecated in SuSE in favor of an “Invented Here” tool such as zypper.
I am running into this right now with attempting to get OFED installed on OpenSUSE 11.1 to see if this will solve a customer problem. Yum is a convenient and powerful tool, common across many distros. Zypper is not common across many distros.

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T&C's

Been very busy … good busy … but busy.
Brief T&C discussion, as this is near and dear to my heart right now.
We find lots of variation in T and C documentation. Some of it is reasonable, some is simply ridiculous. Call it onerous, call it egregious. The vast majority of the ridiculous language focuses on providing a huge lever over the seller by the buyer. Some of my favorites are “we can return it if we want, for any reason, and you have no recourse whatsoever”, “you will pay for our costs if we decide to go another route”, “you may not charge fees for late payment, or institute collection actions”, “you will give us most preferred customer pricing, regardless of how little we buy from you”, and “we will pay when we please”.
Unfortunately, every term like this increases company risk to do business with such an entity. And in most cases, you cannot increase the reward for this opportunity, to offset this increased risk.

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Cilk Arts acquired by Intel

Story here. InsideHPC has been covering them for a while. Cilk was/is a different approach to parallelism than language developers traditionally used. Basically it deployed various work queues for each core, and the work queues decided when they needed more work. As I remember, they could “steal” from other work queues. The net effect of … Read moreCilk Arts acquired by Intel