[gdal-dev] Linux installation

christian.mueller at nvoe.at christian.mueller at nvoe.at
Fri Nov 11 00:46:15 EST 2011

Hi Steve, one of my customers is working with SLES11 on IBM z/Series  
and p/Series (NO Intel architecture). I have to administer some of  
these logical partitions.

First, what hardware do you plan to use. Intel/AMD makes life easier.

Second, SLES 11 is an enterprise edition with support you have to pay  
for. The online updates you get are bug fixes, no new features. The  
target is to have the system stable, not to have the newest versions.

My experience:

As an example,  there is no tomcat available. To get tomcat or other  
software  you have to install it from here

You should check if your needed software is contained, otherwise you  
have to do an individual build. If you want to become a Novell  
customer, ask them directly.

You can send me a list of your needed packages next week, I could  
check on sles11 ppc.

SLES11 itself runs rock solid on my customers site. (There are about  
30 Systems running). And dont forget, we are talking about a server  
linux. The best setup is to install a bare linux without features and  
add the needed software incrementally. No need for a browser or a gui.  
You can use yast as an admin utility.

I will stop here, if you have further questions, please ask. And btw,  
you cannot compare performance/stability with a windows server, your  
decision to migrate is a good one :-)


Zitat von Steve.Toutant at inspq.qc.ca:

> Hi,
> Sorry for cross-posting on several lists, but we are in the process
> of taking some important decisions, on the OS to use...
> For several years we have mapserver, gdal and Postgis, etc... running
> on a Windows server.
> We plan to migrate our GIS tools from the Windows server to SUSE
> Linux Enterprise Server 11.
> I heard bad comments on using SLES with mapserver, postgres/postgis,
> gdal, etc...Taht the installation of these tools was a pain compare
> to OpenSUSE or UBUNTU.
> Comments on using and maintaining GIS infrastructure with SLES 11
> would be very appreciated.
> Thanks for your help,
> Steve
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