What's a good Linux distro for Maya 2013/2014?

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  04 April 2013
What's a good Linux distro for Maya 2013/2014?

It's been a long time since I've used Maya on Linux and I'm out of touch with the whole Linux world. And that was back in the 32bit only days when 64bit was a dream.

I'm not after "the best". But one that you use/recommend that works, easy to install and likes AMD 64bit cpus and Nvidia gfx cards.

Cheers, guys.
  04 April 2013
Give a try to Stella

Stella is Gnome2 based CentOS 6 - CentOS is not fancy but really stable.
  04 April 2013
Thanks a3000! I'll look into it. And nothing fancy is perfect.

I was looking into CentOs actually so that gives me confidence!
  04 April 2013
I really like stella. It gives you a much better starting point than centOS with stuff you might actually use preinstalled and gets rid of the stuff you don't really need.
  04 April 2013
does Stella require the same nouveau blacklisting as CentOS / Fedora for Nvidia cards?
  04 April 2013
I have no idea since I just use linux for rendernodes and servers that just use the default video driver. I'd assume it's the same though since it really still is centOS

Last edited by sentry66 : 04 April 2013 at 05:57 PM.
  04 April 2013
I also use stella for a couple servers which has been simpler for me to set up than centOS.

A lot of things stella has preinstalled arn't obvious. Things like having NTFS-3G already installed for being able to read NTFS formatted drives. It comes with packages that make it so you can yum install things and they immediately work without having to hunt them down first. Other things like Gparted being preinstalled are more obvious and appreciated.

If I was going for a stripped down lean linux install that doesn't have any extras, then I wouldn't bother with stella, but overall it's saved me time and made life a little easier than centOS.

It's more difficult for IT people to take stella as seriously as centOS though, which IMO is a shame since even if the guy doing it stopped working on it, you'd still get all the centOS updates.

Last edited by sentry66 : 04 April 2013 at 09:36 PM.
  04 April 2013
I don't know - CentOS is dead simple to run for a headless Maya rendering machine:

  04 April 2013
couldn't avoid the itch for self-promotion

stella is even easier for desktop or server use if you need a non-render drone
  04 April 2013
I was just showing how you don't even have to install dependencies to get Maya running on CentOS. I think for Stella to be easier than that, it would have to come with Maya preinstalled.
  04 April 2013
yeah I use centOS for my maya rendernodes. They're simple. Just load maya, render distribution software, configure the network settings and you're good. You don't really need anything else.

If you want to do anything other than that like run a license server with fewer setup headaches, a file server that comes with better disk management software out of the box, run it as a desktop OS that already has useful software to open and use common files with, render distribution server that will run cluster SSH without needing a ton of extra dependencies, or just want a version of centOS that will read your NTFS USB thumbsticks out of the box while still having a familiar centOS environment, stella I think give you a possibly better starting point than vanilla centOS.
  04 April 2013
Now I'm not so sure after reading all that!


The thing is I wish to use maya, not just for rendering.

I was about to burn CentOS isos until I read all that.
  04 April 2013
you can't go wrong with either, but the more computers I run stella on, the more I realize it's a better OS for everything other than stripped down bare systems - such as render nodes. I've had a few issues getting misc software (not maya) loaded on centOS that I didn't have to deal with on stella even on identical hardware and configurations.

The guy did who created stella seems to have done a lot of the leg work on compiling commonly needed packages for you to work with stella and they come already installed from the start. I'm sure linux gods would have no issue compiling packages, but I personally don't like having to deal with that stuff and rather just have stuff work without headaches even if that means the OS is slightly more bloated.
  04 April 2013
Thank you, Sentry, for all your input. I'll go with your recommendation and choose Stella.

  04 April 2013
Well Stella sux.

All my devices need an incredibly difficult-to-execute update.
A "pimped up" version of CentOS?

Trying Fedora now.
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