Scientific Linux (SL) is a Linux distribution maintained by a cooperative of science labs and universities. It is based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux and aims to be "as close to the commercial enterprise distribution as we can get it."
The primary purpose of Scientific Linux is to produce a common Linux distribution for various labs and universities around the world, thus reducing duplicated effort. The main goals are to have everything compatible with Red Hat Enterprise Linux with only minor additions and changes, and to allow easy customization for a site, without disturbing the Linux base.
The distribution is called Scientific Linux because it was initially made and used by scientific labs. It does not contain a large collection of scientific software. However, it provides good compatibility to install such software.
Generally any software that will run on a Linux dedicated server will run in an OpenVZ based Scientific Linux VPS environment.
Below are some examples of common software our customers are running in their VPSs:
Every Scientific Linux VPS is provisioned with a static IPv6 address in addition to a static IPv4 address. This allows all IPv6 compatible applications and services running in the VPS to be accessible to clients on native (or tunneled) IPv6 networks.
With IPv4 address space depleting fast, be ahead of the transition to IPv6.Learn More ››
Dahdi (Digium/Asterisk Hardware Device Interface) timing can optionally be enabled for any Scientific Linux VPS. This facilitates supporting certain functionality within the Asterisk PBX software, including conferencing. Several FAQ articles are provided in our Knowledgebase outlining the compilation procedure if building Asterisk from source.
Other PBX software can be installed in a Scientific Linux VPS as well, including:
or software to provide GUI-based configuration, billing, or predictive dialer capabilities to Asterisk: