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HI All,

 

I have installed Linux a few times and I want to setup a machine again for Houdini.

 

Which version works best with Houdini?

 

Which version is used most in a production environment?

 

Thanks

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CentOS seems to be the most commonly used, but Maya compatibility is probably the only reason for that. I've been running Houdini on Linux Mint at home without any issues. But I'm no Linux master so I was looking for the most user friendly distro.

 

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Same as above, I've been running Linux Mint XFCE for a while now with no troubles at all.

Edited by carlo_c

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Running Centos 7 here, works with Houdini,Maya,Nuke. Harder to set up to perfection than Ubuntu for example but worth it in my opinion.

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Thanks everyone, I have used Ubuntu before. I'll probably just start there again.

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If you ever plan on installing maya avoid ubuntu.  Maya installations on ubuntu are not supported by Autodesk, and it was a major struggle for me to get it running.

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If you deal with Flame people your admin guys will love to stay in CentOS given is part of the same distribution and therefore pretty much the same to maintain.

my 2 cents

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Because of all the finicky driver issues I've given up on Centos 7 (see all my other threads!)

So now will take Luke's suggestion and switch to Ubuntu LTS

 

The only other app I will be running is Nuke, and AFAIK fully supported on Ubuntu.

 

Trying to decide between Ubuntu Studio and Ubuntu Mate

 

Anyone reading this use either?

 

 

Edited by art3mis

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Not directly, but I would go with Ubuntu LTS Mate, or Linux Mint Mate/Xfce/Cinnamon; Mint (LTS-based) seems popular among Houdini artists/devs.

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Thanks

Too many options

The recommended version of Ubuntu is 14 for Houdini.
But my understanding is that has something to do with the newer compiler that ships with Ubuntu 16

I'm not interested in plugin development.
Am I safe with the latest Ubuntu?

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You'll be fine with Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (or one of the cousins like Ubuntu GNOME). Note there are two releases of Ubuntu that could be "14" so it helps to be specific. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is a long term support release which would also work. Ubuntu 14.10 is not a long term support release and would be a bad idea to install at this point. I wouldn't go with Ubuntu 16.10 either even though it's the latest because it's not a long term support release.

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ubuntu-mate isn't that bad in terms of bloatware. And for novices like myself there is both streamlined support for Nvidia drivers as well as a MUCH larger community should you need help. Having said that I may give CentOS7 a 2nd try at some point in the future.

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