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Review: Scientific Linux 6.0 "Carbon"

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So what is Scientific Linux? It's basically Red Hat Enterprise Linux, minus Red Hat branding (with Scientific Linux branding instead), plus repositories containing extra mathematical, scientific, and engineering software, plus some extra niceties. It was developed for Fermilab and CERN, so it's not really meant to be a home desktop distribution per se, but I did read a few reviews of Scientific Linux 5.X commenting favorably on its abilities in such environments, so I wanted to see if that would be true of version 6.0 as well. Plus, I have never tried more office/server-oriented relatives of Fedora, so this would be a new experience for me too.

After the boot menu, booting took a little more time than I would have liked, but that was made more tolerable by a nice, clean boot splash with a white spot going around in a circle under the Scientific Linux name in big white text on a black background. After that, I was taken to the GDM login screen, where I waited to be automatically logged in.

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