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LINUX.GP operating system upgrade scheduled

Starting June 18, 2007 SCS facilities will begin upgrading the Linux general purpose machines ( operating system from Red Hat 9 to Fedora Core 5.

The upgrade will be done in a staged manner allowing users time to migrate their work to the new operating system. Facilities plans to upgrade two of the five machines during the first stage which will begin on June 18, 2007. The second stage will follow with two more upgrades during the summer. The final stage machine upgrade will be done near the end of the fall semester.

There will be several improvements with the upgrade including:

  • A larger shared /tmp directory
  • ssh will now support the more secure and widely supported ssh protocol version 2
  • FC5 will be installed as a 64-bit OS
  • The memory on the machines will be upgraded from 2GB to 4GB
  • Various languages and applications will be upgraded

For more details about the upgrade and the associated changes please see our help pages at:

If you need to login to one of the servers that have not yet been upgraded, you can login to

Note: FTP will NO longer be available once the servers are upgraded to Fedora Core 5. The more secure SCP and SFTP protocols will be used instead.

Please contact the SCS Help Desk at x8-4231 or send mail to with any questions or concerns regarding these upgrades.

Thank you for your attention,

SCS Help Desk