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msbldam

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Linux - Hardware and Distribution - what is the right choice
« on: September 13, 2018, 12:08:08 PM »
Hello,
I have the chance to set up a new machine, only for Photoscan.
In my personal experience with linux and hardware is, that - at least opensource software - is very often much more performant on linux hardware than on Win7.

I am no kind of specialist in these questions, but my plan are about the following:
- dual xeon workstation
- ram as much we can afford (its quiet expensive at the moment)
- card grafic, thats tricky, need to run proprietary drivers (no problem) but is it here the same difference, that photoscan runs better on gaming cards, then on professional cards like nvidia quadro?

Linux - Ubuntu? Or rather a pure Debian.

thanks for your suggestions
Marcus

lock48wood

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Re: Linux - Hardware and Distribution - what is the right choice
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2018, 03:04:02 PM »
I am also setting up a stand alone system. I have a Poweredge R710 to use with dual cpu xeon. Up to 6 cores each and 3.3 MHZ. Please let me know if you get some answers. Currently use a Z440 4 core 3 MHZ.

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Re: Linux - Hardware and Distribution - what is the right choice
« Reply #2 on: September 26, 2018, 07:03:09 PM »
If you want to use other software in your workflow like GeoMagic or CloudCompare then Windows would be the preferred platform.  Otherwise, the UI in the Linux version of PS is almost identical to the Windows version.

Alvaro L

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Re: Linux - Hardware and Distribution - what is the right choice
« Reply #3 on: September 26, 2018, 09:58:24 PM »
Look for a linux distribution with cuda binaries enabled and running by default, as configuring cuda up from scratch is quite difficult. I think there is at least one cuda distro available related to the folding home project. Unfortunately and due to spectre and meltdown related patches linux is not longer the rock solid platform it used to be for intensive computing tasks. Some day if I have time I would like to run some numbers between linux and windows platforms since linux is supposed to be very good for discrete computing tasks.
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