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Old 07-22-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Hello,

I am using Windows 7 VM and I would like to install a Linux OS so I can learn it. What would be a good version? I need to learn Linux to develop some HMI's using LabVIEW on top of Linux.

Thank you,

Roy Costa
 
Old 07-23-2013, 12:24 AM   #2
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took me a while to find it

http://www.ni.com/white-paper/14594/en
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    Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3
    Mandrake Linux/Mandriva 10.0
    SuSE Linux 9.1
Really you need to be looking at Those

But CentOS is also a good choice, with it being a Red Hat Enterprise Linux 'clone'
But if this is for production, you probably want to look at real RedHat.

Still, Cent should give you a good feel for a redhat environment and should be enough for you to do your homework.

Something I will point out, is the "supported" versions listed above are *old*.
Which is a little odd considering that white-paper I linked was published jun 14, 2013
 
Old 07-23-2013, 10:32 AM   #3
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Does it have to be a RPM based distribution? Otherwise Debian might be a good choice as well.

http://www.debian.org/

K.
 
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Old 07-23-2013, 12:55 PM   #4
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Thank you.

I am amazed at this software and it is free! Before you sent me this message I downloaded the mint version and installed it on a Windows 7 virtual PC. It installed with not one hiccup. From what I am reading from Red Hat's website, the version 3 is now a legacy product and according to National Instruments I will need to use 4.5 or later. I have not tried it yet but plan on installing the latest Red Hat OS. I think I can use regular Labview for windows with a patch. Another place in NI's website it says there is a version of Labview for Linux. The cool part about using Virtual PC in Windows 7 is that you can copy your Virtual OS you have created and paste it and use it again and again. I hated it when I had to re-install windows when a bad installation of Labview caused a windows crash.

My research is not on a RTP, not yet.

Red Hat has discontinued the regular subscription services for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3. Therefore, new bug fix, enhancement, and security errata updates, as well as technical support services are no longer available for the following products:

* Red Hat Enterprise Linux AS 3
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux ES 3
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 3
* Red Hat Enterprise Linux Extras 3
* Red Hat Desktop 3
* Red Hat Global File System 3
* Red Hat Cluster Suite 3

LabVIEW runs on Linux for Intel x86 processors with kernel version 2.2.x, 2.4.x, or 2.6.x. LabVIEW requires a minimum of a Pentium III or Celeron 866 MHz or equivalent processor, but National Instruments recommends a Pentium 4/M or equivalent processor. LabVIEW requires an X Window System server, such as XFree86 or X11R6.org. National Instruments recommends that you have at least 680 MB of disk space for the minimum LabVIEW installation, 890 MB of disk space for the complete LabVIEW installation, or 1.0 GB of disk space for the complete LabVIEW installation with drivers. LabVIEW is fully supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux WS 4 or later and openSUSE 11.0 or later. LabVIEW can run without hardware driver support on any other distributions that provide GNU C Library (glibc, also known as libc.so.6)version 2.2.4 or later. National Instruments recommends that you use Firefox 1.0.2 or later or Mozilla 1.2 or later to view the LabVIEW Help. LabVIEW requires GNU C Library version 2.2.4 or later. Most Linux vendors offer an updated glibc rpm for common Linux distributions on their Web sites.

Thanks again,

Roy
 
Old 07-23-2013, 02:10 PM   #5
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My personally suggestion would be Debian 7.1. I also suggest you go to distrowatch.com and check out some specs. of what you may or may not need.
 
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Does it have to be a RPM based distribution? Otherwise Debian might be a good choice as well.

http://www.debian.org/
As far as I can see, there is no level of support from NI for any version of Debian. For an expert, you might decide that you could 'hack' your way around this limitation; for normal human beings starting out on this journey, I think you would be right to stick to supported platforms, at least in the first instance. (Apologies, if there is Debian support and my simple search-fu has missed it.)

Don't make the initial stages harder than they need be; you might want to revisit that once you have got going, but get going first.
 
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As far as I can see,
You know, that is what I was looking for, just didn't find it..
I knew something was 'off' with that white-paper link

Just a guess, but I would assume that the Scientific Linux would be most suited.

Note that LabVIEW seems to be 32bit only, so it is the i386 versions ( Not x86_64 ) you want.
 
  


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