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Stage Three of the LINUX.GP operating system upgrade scheduled.

On Tuesday January 29, 2008 SCS Computing Facilities will begin the third and final stage of operating system upgrades to the Linux general purpose machines ( from Red Hat 9 to Fedora Core 5.

This upgrade will add a fifth Fedora Core 5 machine to the pool of general purpose machines. Red Hat 9 will no longer be available on any of the machines.

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:

The DNS entry for will be deleted once this upgrade is complete removing the final Red Hat 9 machine from the pool.

Note: As of January 29, 1008 FTP will NO longer be available on the pool. The more secure SCP and SFTP protocols can 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