Hope everyone is doing well! I have been playing with Linux as a hobby and a learning experience for a while now! Even more so thanks to the pandemic. I have been using it in a VM on my laptop (since desktop was out of commission until now). I have used Ubuntu, PopOS, Manjaro, Fedora, OpenSUSE and now CentOS 7. I have gotten used to most of there package management system and the bash commands. I have learning to compile and build from source as well. Recently I have been doing lots of blender rendering, CAD, paraview and running cfd validations, fea and other number crunching things as a learning exercise as well as hobbyist work. Out of all the distro’s I got the most performance in rpm based distros. Unfortunately certain commercial software like Ansys only support rhel/centos systems, I have tried installing them in other distro’s and doing community workarounds and yet I run into fatal errors during simulation runs. So I decided to stick with CentOS 7. I also upgraded the kernal, adding third party repos, build up to date packages from source or just use precompiled tar files (for scilab, blender and paraview) and use alias and functions to balance dependencies. It all works, even was able to customize it to my liking:
So I am tempted to stay with CentOS 7 and also play with Cuda on Foam-Extend package too. Now anyone here know how well it will play with newish hardware (like Rampage 5 and a 5960X, and in the future the newer rtx cards)? And has anyone got any experience on how I can turn a vm image into a live cd to just copy over install to another drive? Also anyone use steam or gpu passthrough in centOS 7? I would love to try that.