I am a student of Instrumentation and Control. Considering the versatility and stability of Linux, I was wondering if Linux can be configured to act as a Distributed Control System?
Also if yes, which distro would be appropriate? I have basic knowledge of Linux shell scripting so I would prefer the distro to be relatively user-friendly.
Note : Having experience with Ubuntu, I'd like to set-up the server there.
Updates in reply to answers :
My hardware : i5 2nd gen, 8GB ram, 500GB HDD.
System : Ubuntu 12.04 Desktop edition 64bit.
Required job (proposed) : Running 5 or more sensors(as a start), driven by a micro-controller(s).
I need to set up a server, but without re-installing or changing the system. A second user as a workstation if it can be set-up so.
Virtualization is welcome but don't know how.
I have till March '13 to learn OpenCL and parallel programming to use my graphics card (NVidia GeForce 525M 1GB) (although this part of plan is still under heavy consideration).
It would be useful and appriciated to get links to good books, tutorials and reports of similar undertaking.