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    16.11.2020: CERN CentOS 7.9 available for installation.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce that the updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
                      *******************
                      CC 7.9 is available
                      *******************
                    as of Monday 16.11.2020
    
    and is now default CC7 production version.
    
    For information about CC79, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.9/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.9/os/x86_64/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot targets are:
    
          CC7_X86_64
          CC79_X86_64
    
      - A new Openstack image is also available:
    
          name : CC7 - x86_64 [2020-11-16]
          id   : 8d3802b2-8b9d-40a1-b4fd-7b2b70f8dbd9
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} clean all
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} update
    
    --
    Daniel Abad on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    12.11.2020: CERN CentOS 7.9 testing available for installation.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce the newly updated CERN CentOS Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC7.9 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Thursday 12.11.2020
    
    and will become the default CC7 production version on 16.11.2020.
    
    For information about CC7.9, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.9/os/x86_64/images/
        and corresponding installation path is:
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.9/os/x86_64/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
        Boot target is:
          CC79_X86_64_TEST
    
      - Openstack TEST image is also available:
        name : CC7 TEST - x86_64 [2020-11-12]
        id   : 5ce3a956-976b-4425-a480-4f24021fe53e
    
      - Puppet managed VMs can be created with the following options:
        ai-bs --cc7 --nova-image-edition Test [...]
    
    * Upgrading from a previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      All updates will be released to production repositories only on 16.11.2020.
      Until then CC7 systems can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
      # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    * Problem reporting:
      Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    --
    Daniel Abad on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    21.10.2020: CERN CentOS 7.9 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce the updated CERN CentOS Linux (CC7) TEST version:
    
                 *******************************
                 CC 7.9 is available for testing
                 *******************************
                    as of Wednesday 21.10.2020.
    
    For information about CC7, including installation instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    Please note that install media is not yet available.
    We will send an additional email when ready.
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.8 to 7.9
    
    CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing --enablerepo=epel-testing clean all
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing --enablerepo=epel-testing update
    
    * Agile infrastructure
    
    As a reminder, all puppet configured machines within the
    QA environment will receive automatically those updates.
    
    --
    Daniel Abad for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    17.06.2020: CentOS 8.2 testing available and change of production schedule

    
    Dear Linux users,
    
    We are pleased to announce that the updated CentOS 8 version:
    
             ******************************
             C 8.2 is available for testing
             ******************************
                as of Tuesday 2020-06-17
    
    and will become the default C8 production version on:
    
                   Wednesday 2020-06-24.
    
    The list of updated packages can be found here:
    
       https://cern.ch/linux/updates/c8/test/latest_updates/
    
    For information about C8, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             https://cern.ch/linux/centos8/
    
    
    
    In addition, we'd like to announce a change in the schedule for CentOS 8 production repositories.
    
    The previous schedule for moving CentOS 8 repositories to production was that every Wednesday, the previous Tuesday's snapshot becomes the new production version. This means new packages make it to production quickly, but the downside is that any package released on a Tuesday only spends one day in testing and the next day goes into production. As we move towards more services running on CentOS 8, we felt this schedule was no longer appropriate.
    
    Starting today, the new schedule will be that every Wednesday, we move the previous Wednesday's snapshot into production. This guarantees that all upgrades will spend at least a week in testing, and at most 13 days. We will still be able to speed this up in case of emergency updates.
    
    Please contact Linux Support should you have any concerns about this new schedule.
    
    Best regards,
    Alex Iribarren for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    04.05.2020: CERN CentOS 7.8 available for installation.

    
    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce that the updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
                      *******************
                      CC 7.8 is available
                      *******************
                    as of Monday 04.05.2020
    
    and is now default CC7 production version.
    
    For information about CC78, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.8/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.8/os/x86_64/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot targets are:
    
          CC7_X86_64
          CC78_X86_64
    
      - A new Openstack image is also available:
    
          name : CC7 - x86_64 [2020-05-04]
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} clean all
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} update
    
    --
    Ben Morrice on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    20.04.2020: CentOS 8.1 available for installation.

    Dear Linux users,
    
    We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of the next CERN Linux release:
    
             *****************
             C 8.1: CentOS 8.1
             *****************
    
    For information about CentOS 8, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
    http://cern.ch/linux/centos8/
    
    
    * Installation:
    
     - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
     - non-PXE installation:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/8.1/kickstart/x86_64/images/
    
       and corresponding installation path is:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/8.1/kickstart/x86_64/
    
     - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
       Boot targets are:
    
         C8_X86_64
         C81_X86_64
    
     - Openstack image is also available:
       name : C8 - x86_64 [2020-04-16]
       id   : 1ac86763-9942-424d-89c1-6e7138f5d135
    
     - Puppet-managed VMs can be created with the following option:
       ai-bs --c8 [...]
    
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
     Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    --
    Alex Iribarren on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    16.04.2020: CERN CentOS 7.8 testing installation available.

    Dear Linux users,
    
    We are pleased to announce the newly updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC 7.8 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Thursday 16.04.2020
    
    and will become the default CC7 production version on 30.04.2020.
    
    For information about CC7.8, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.8/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.8/os/x86_64/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot target is:
    
          CC78_X86_64_TEST
    
      - Openstack TEST image is also available:
        name : CC7 TEST - x86_64 [2020-04-15]
        id   : 5ce3a956-976b-4425-a480-4f24021fe53e
    
      - Puppet managed VMs can be created with the following options:
        ai-bs --cc7 --nova-image-edition Test [...]
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      All updates will be released to production repositories only on 30.04.2020.
    
      Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
      # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
      Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    --
    Ben Morrice on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    14.04.2020: CERN CentOS 7.8 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce the updated CERN CentOS Linux (CC7) TEST version:
    
                 *******************************
                 CC 7.8 is available for testing
                 *******************************
                    as of Tuesday 14.04.2020.
    
    For information about CC7, including installation instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    Please note that install media is not yet available.
    We will send an additional email when ready.
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.7 to 7.8
    
    CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      --enablerepo=epel-testing \
      clean all
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      --enablerepo=epel-testing \
      update
    
    * Agile infrastructure
    
    As a reminder, all puppet configured machines within the
    QA environment will receive automatically those updates.
    
    --
    Ben Morrice for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    20.01.2020: Announcement of the End of support for SLC6 (Scientific Linux CERN 6)

    Dear Linux users,
    
    From the 30th November 2020, SLC6 will enter End of Life and support will cease. Also from this date, software updates will no longer be made available.
    
    Current users of SLC6 are strongly encouraged to migrate to CC7 (CERN CentOS 7) before 30.11.2020.
    
    Please refer to the "Linux @ CERN" website for more details on CC7 (http://linux.web.cern.ch/linux/centos7)
    
    You may also refer to the following ITSSB entry for additional details / future updates: OTG0054345
    
    Ben Morrice for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    30.09.2019: CERN CentOS 7.7 available.

    Dear Linux users,
    
    We are pleased to announce that the updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
                      *******************
                      CC 7.7 is available
                      *******************
                    as of Monday 30.09.2019
    
    and is now default CC7 production version.
    
    For information about CC77, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.7/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.7/os/x86_64/images/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot targets are:
    
          CC7_X86_64
          CC77_X86_64
    
      - A new Openstack image is also available:
    
          name : CC7 - x86_64 [2019-09-30]
          id   : 7ebe5c0e-fbbe-4d90-90b1-a48f032bcdc8
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} clean all
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} update
    
    --
    Ben Morrice on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    19.09.2019: CERN CentOS 7.7 testing installation available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce the newly updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC 7.7 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Wednesday 18.09.2019
    
    and will become the default CC7 production version on 30.09.2019.
    
    For information about CC7.7, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.7/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.7/os/x86_64/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot target is:
    
          CC77_X86_64_TEST
    
      - Openstack TEST image is also available:
        name : CC7 TEST - x86_64 [2019-09-17]
        id   : 6787adb6-982f-4310-a6a8-53d6cee15d0c
    
      - Puppet managed VMs can be created with the following options:
        ai-bs --cc7 --nova-image-edition Test [...]
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      All updates will be released to production repositories only on 30.09.2019.
    
      Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
      # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
      Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    --
    Ben Morrice on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    03.09.2019: CERN CentOS 7.7 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We are pleased to announce the updated CERN CentOS Linux (CC7) TEST version:
    
                 *******************************
                 CC 7.7 is available for testing
                 *******************************
                    as of Tuesday 03.09.2019.
    
    For information about CC7, including installation instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    Please note that install media is not yet available.
    We will send an additional email when ready.
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.6 to 7.7
    
    CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      --enablerepo=epel-testing \
      clean all
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      --enablerepo=epel-testing \
      update
    
    * Agile infrastructure
    
    As a reminder, all puppet configured machines within the
    QA environment will receive automatically those updates.
    
    --
    Ben Morrice for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    13.05.2019 RHEL8 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Server available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Server for x86_64
    platform is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot target:
    
    RHEL_8_0_X86_64
    
    installation path:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/8/8.0/x86_64
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel8
    
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    10.12.2018: CERN CentOS 7.6 installation available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
                      *******************
                      CC 7.6 is available
                      *******************
                    as of Monday 10.12.2018
    
    and is now default CC7 production version.
    
    For information about CC76, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.6/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.6/os/x86_64/images/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot targets are:
    
          CC7_X86_64
          CC76_X86_64
    
      - A new Openstack image is also available:
    
          name : CC7 - x86_64 [2018-12-03]
          id   : 65bc0185-7fba-4b08-b256-cfc7576d9dda
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} clean all
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} update
    
    --
    Thomas Oulevey on behalf of the Linux Team
    
    

    03.12.2018: CERN CentOS 7.6 testing installation available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC 7.6 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Monday 03.12.2018
    
    and will become default CC7 production version on 10.12.2018.
    
    For information about CC76, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.6/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.6/os/x86_64/images/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot target is:
    
          CC76_X86_64_TEST
    
      - Openstack TEST image is also available:
        name : CC7 TEST - x86_64 [2018-12-03]
        id   : 188fc80d-8ed6-4f06-98fd-6617eb2db013
    
      - Puppet managed VMs can be created with the following options:
        `ai-bs --cc7 --nova-image-edition Test [...]`
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
       All updates will be released to production repositories only on 10.12.2018.
    
       Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
       # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
       # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
      - A list of known issues will be updated at:
    
        http://linux.web.cern.ch/linux/centos7/knownissues
    
      - Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    --
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    19.11.2018: CERN CentOS 7.6 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC 7.6 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Monday 19.11.2018
    
    and will become default CC7 production version on 10.12.2018.
    
    For information about CC76, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.5 to 7.6:
    
    All updates will be released to production repositories on Monday 10.12.2017.
    
    Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    21.06.2018 Scientific Linux CERN 6.10 TEST available.

    Dear CERN Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that:
    
         TEST version of SLC 6.10 for i386/x86_64
         ********************************************
    
    is available as of today.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6 ?
    
      It is a CERN customized Linux distribution built on
    top of common base platform - Scientific Linux -
    which was in turn built from freely available Red Hat
    Enterprise Linux 6 Server sources by a joint Fermi and CERN
    effort.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.10 (SLC610) TEST ?
    
     - TEST minor release of SLC6X series with all the
       updates (up to 21.06.2018) integrated in the base
       installation tree.
    
    * Installation
    
    - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
    - non-PXE installation:
    
    Boot media can be found at:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc610/i386/images/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc610/x86_64/images/
    
    and corresponding installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc610/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc610/x86_64/
    
    - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
     Boot targets are:
    
     SLC610_I386
     SLC610_X86_64
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.10 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    Please note:
    
    * SLC610 will become the default SLC6 production version as of:
    
                        Monday 02.07.2018
                      *********************
    
      providing that no show-stopper problems are found.
    
    * SLC610 (yum) updates will be released to production on:
    
                        Monday 02.07.2018
                      **********************
    
      and can be tested before that date by running as root:
    
      # yum --enablerepo=slc6-testing update
    
    
    * Certification of the SLC610:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
     Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    Jarosław Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    20.06.2018 RHEL 6.10 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 10 available

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 10 for i386/x86_64
    platforms is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot targets are as follows:
    
    RHEL_6_10_I386
    RHEL_6_10_X86_64
    
    installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.10/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.10/x86_64/
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel6
    
    
    Jarosław Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    24.05.2018: CERN CentOS 7.5 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
                      *******************
                      CC 7.5 is available
                      *******************
                    as of Thursday 24.05.2018
    
    and is now default CC7 production version.
    
    For information about CC75, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.5/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.5/os/x86_64/images/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot targets are:
    
          CC7_X86_64
          CC75_X86_64
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} clean all
      # yum --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly} update
    
    --
    Thomas Oulevey on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    11.05.2018: CERN CentOS 7.5 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC 7.5 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Friday 11.05.2018
    
    and will become default CC7 production version on 24.05.2018.
    
    For information about CC75, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Installation:
    
      - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
      - non-PXE installation:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.5/os/x86_64/images/
    
        and corresponding installation path is:
    
        http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/centos/7.5/os/x86_64/
    
      - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
        Boot target is:
    
          CC75_X86_64_TEST
    
    * Upgrading from previous CERN CentOS 7.X release:
    
      All updates will be released to production repositories only on
    24.05.2018.
    
      Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
      # yum --enablerepo=cr
    --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
      # yum --enablerepo=cr
    --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
      Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    --
    Thomas Oulevey on behalf of the Linux Team
    

    03.05.2018: CERN CentOS 7.5 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *******************************
              CC 7.5 is available for testing
              *******************************
                 as of Thursday 03.05.2018
    
    and will become default CC7 production version in coming weeks,
    pending upstream CentOS release.
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.4 to 7.5: Before 7.5 is released as production version
    a CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    Agile Infrastructure:
    
    As a reminder, all puppet configured machines within the
    QA environment will receive automatically those updates.
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    20.11.2017 Updated cloud / docker images available for SLC5/6 and CC7

    Updated SLC5/6 and CC7 cloud and docker images have been made available.
    
    Cloud images:
    
    CC7 - x86_64 [2017-11-14]
    SLC6 - x86_64 [2017-11-14]
    SLC6 - i686 [2017-11-14]
    SLC5 - x86_64 [2017-11-14]
    SLC5 - i686 [2017-11-14]
    
    available at https://openstack.cern.ch or from command line:
    
    # openstack image list | grep 2017-11-14
    
    For more information about cloud images please visit:
    
    http://cern.ch/linux/docs/cloudimages
    
    Docker images:
    
    cc7-base:20171114 (:latest)
    slc6-base:20171114 (:latest)
    slc5-base:20171114 (:latest)
    
    available at:
    
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base/container_registry
    
    or from command line:
    
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base:latest
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base:latest
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base:latest
    
    (above docker images are also available from https://hub.docker.com/u/cern/)
    
    For more information about docker images please visit:
    
    http://cern.ch/linux/docs/dockerimages
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    20.09.2017 Updated cloud / docker images available for SLC5/6 and CC7

    Updated SLC5/6 and CC7 cloud and docker images have been made available.
    
    Cloud images:
    
    CC7 - x86_64 [2017-09-20]
    SLC6 - x86_64 [2017-09-20]
    SLC6 - i686 [2017-09-20]
    SLC5 - x86_64 [2017-09-20]
    SLC5 - i686 [2017-09-20]
    
    available at https://openstack.cern.ch or from command line:
    
    # openstack image list | grep 2017-09-20
    
    For more information about cloud images please visit:
    
    http://cern.ch/linux/docs/cloudimages
    
    Docker images:
    
    cc7-base:20170920 (:latest)
    slc6-base:20170920 (:latest)
    slc5-base:20170920 (:latest)
    
    available at:
    
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base/container_registry
    
    or from command line:
    
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base:latest
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base:latest
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base:latest
    
    (above docker images are also available from https://hub.docker.com/u/cern/)
    
    For more information about docker images please visit:
    
    http://cern.ch/linux/docs/dockerimages
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    20.10.2017: CentOS Dojo @ CERN

    The CentOS Dojo's are a one day event, organized
    around the world, that bring together people from
    the CentOS communities to talk about systems
    administration, best practices in Linux centric
    activities and emerging technologies of note.
    
    The (almost) final schedule for our CERN event
    is now published at:
    
    https://indico.cern.ch/e/centosdojo2017
    
    Please register for the event: limited number of
    places available !
    

    18.09.2017: CERN CentOS 7.4 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN CentOS Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *********************************************
              CC 7.4 becomes default CC7 production version
              *********************************************
    
                    as of Monday 18.09.2017
    
    For information about CC74, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.3 to 7.4:
    
    All updates are released to production repositories as of 18.09.2017,
    in order to update your system please run as root:
    
    # yum clean all
    # yum update
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    12.09.2017: CERN CentOS 7.4 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *****************************************
              CC 7.4 TEST is available for installation
              *****************************************
                    as of Tuesday 12.09.2017
    
    and will become default CC7 production version on 18.09.2017.
    
    For information about CC74, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.3 to 7.4:
    
    All updates will be released to production repositories on Monday 18.09.2017.
    
    Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    28.08.2017: CERN CentOS 7.4 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN CentOS Linux
    (CC7) version:
    
                 *******************************
                 CC 7.4 is available for testing
                 *******************************
                    as of Monday 28.08.2017
    
    and will become default CC7 production version
    
                       on Monday 11.09.2017.
    
    For information about CC74, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.3 to 7.4:
    
    Due to summer holidays, all updates will be
    released to production repositories only on 11.09.2017.
    
    Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      --enablerepo=epel-testing \
      clean all
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      --enablerepo=epel-testing \
      update
    
    * Agile infrastructure
    
    As a reminder, all puppet configured machines within the
    QA environment will receive automatically those updates.
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    15-18.05.2017 Phaseout of SMB v1 protocol at CERN

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Server Message Block (SMB) version 1 protocol used by Linux Samba suite to access
    Microsoft Windows shares and Microsoft DFS filesystem is being disabled on
    CERN systems, between 15 and 18 of May 2017, please see:
    

    Disabling SMB v1 protocol CERN-wide (SSB article)

    and

    Phaseout of SMB v1 protocol at CERN (Linux systems)

    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch

    10.04.2017 Scientific Linux CERN 6.9 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated Scientific
    Linux CERN 6 (SLC6) version:
    
              ******************************************************
              SLC 6.9 becomes default SLC6 production version
              ******************************************************
    
                    as of Monday 10.04.2017
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.9 (SLC69)  ?
    
      - A minor release of SLC6X series with all the
        updates since release of 6.8 (and up to 30.03.2017)
        integrated in the base installation tree.
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.8 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    * Installation media images for SLC69 can be found at:
    
        For 32 bit systems:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/i386/images/
            (install path: linuxsoft:/cern/slc69/i386/)
    
        For 64 bit systems:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/x86_64/images/
            (install path: linuxsoft:/cern/slc69/x86_64/)
    
    
        After downloading media images from above location
        standard installation procedure can be followed:
    
            http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/install
    
    
    * ISO DVD images can be found at:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/iso/
    
    
    * Certification of the SLC 6.9:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    10.04.2017 Updated cloud / docker images available for SLC5/6 and CC7

    Updated SLC5/6 and CC7 cloud and docker TEST images have been made available.
    
    Cloud images:
    
    CC7 - x86_64 [2017-04-06]
    SLC6 - x86_64 [2017-04-06]
    SLC6 - i686 [2017-04-06]
    SLC5 - x86_64 [2017-04-06]
    SLC5 - i686 [2017-04-06]
    
    available at https://openstack.cern.ch or from command line:
    
    # openstack image list | grep 2017-04-06
    
    Docker images:
    
    cc7-base:20170406 (:latest)
    slc6-base:20170406 (:latest)
    slc5-base:20170406 (:latest)
    
    available at:
    
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base/container_registry
    
    or from command line:
    
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base:latest
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base:latest
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base:latest
    
    (above docker images are also available from https://hub.docker.com/u/cern/)
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    29.03.2017 Scientific Linux CERN 6.9 TEST available.

    Dear CERN Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that:
    
         TEST version of SLC 6.9 for i386/x86_64
         ********************************************
    
    is available as of today.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6 ?
    
      It is a CERN customized Linux distribution built on
    top of common base platform - Scientific Linux -
    which was in turn built from freely available Red Hat
    Enterprise Linux 6 Server sources by a joint Fermi and CERN
    effort.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.9 (SLC69) TEST ?
    
     - TEST minor release of SLC6X series with all the
       updates (up to 28.03.2017) integrated in the base
       installation tree.
    
    * Installation
    
    - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
    - non-PXE installation:
    
    Boot media can be found at:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/i386/images/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/x86_64/images/
    
    and corresponding installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc69/x86_64/
    
    - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
     Boot targets are:
    
     SLC69_I386
     SLC69_X86_64
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.8 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    Please note:
    
    * SLC69 will become the default SLC6 production version as of:
    
                        Monday 10.04.2017
                      *********************
    
      providing that no show-stopper problems are found.
    
    * SLC69 (yum) updates will be released to production on:
    
                        Monday 10.04.2017
                      **********************
    
      and can be tested before that date by running as root:
    
      # yum --enablerepo=slc6-testing update
    
    
    * Certification of the SLC69:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
     Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    Jarosław Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    29.03.2017 RHEL 6.8 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 9 available

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 9 for i386/x86_64
    platforms is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot targets are as follows:
    
    RHEL_6_9_I386
    RHEL_6_9_X86_64
    
    installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.9/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.9/x86_64/
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel6
    
    
    Jarosław Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    01.03.2017 Updated TEST cloud / docker images available for SLC5/6 and CC7

    Updated SLC5/6 and CC7 cloud and docker TEST images have been made available.
    
    Cloud images:
    
    CC7 TEST - x86_64 [2017-03-01]
    SLC6 TEST - x86_64 [2017-03-01]
    SLC6 TEST - i686 [2017-03-01]
    SLC5 TEST - x86_64 [2017-03-01]
    SLC5 TEST - i686 [2017-03-01]
    
    available at https://openstack.cern.ch or from command line:
    
    # openstack image list | grep 2017-03-01
    
    Docker images:
    
    cc7-base:20170301
    slc6-base:20170301
    slc5-base:20170301
    
    available at:
    
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base/container_registry
    https://gitlab.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base/container_registry
    
    or from command line:
    
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/cc7-base:20170301
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc6-base:20170301
    # docker pull gitlab-registry.cern.ch/linuxsupport/slc5-base:20170301
    
    (above docker images are also available from https://hub.docker.com/u/cern/)
    
    
    On Monday 06 March 2017 above images will replace current production releases
    ( Cloud: SLC5/6 - [2017-01-24], CC7 - [2017-02-08], Docker: - :latest).
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    

    06.02.2017: PXE booting service change

    Dear users,
    
    Following the Windows PXE service change, we would like to announce
    that all Windows PXE booting entries (both interactive and AIMS2 targets)
    will be removed from current AIMS2/PXE boot server on 06 February 2017
    as these will become non-functional.
    
    All systems defined as having operating system WINDOWS (WIN) in
    Network Database booting PXE will be redirected to Windows PXE server,
    all systens having operating system defined as LINUX will be redirected to
    Linux PXE server automatically.
    
    Please note that the change in booting service has been implemented
    for campus network on 1st of February, and will be implemented on
    Computer Center and Technical Networks on 6th of February.
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    09.01.2017: CERN CentOS 7.3 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN CentOS Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *********************************************
              CC 7.3 becomes default CC7 production version
              *********************************************
    
                    as of Monday 09.01.2017
    
    For information about CC73, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    * As announced at ITUM [1] `lcm` configuration tool was
    replaced by `locmap`, for more information please visit:
    
             https://cern.ch/linux/centos7/docs/locmap
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.2 to 7.3:
    
    All updates are released to production repositories as of 09.01.2017,
    in order to update your system please run as root:
    
    # yum clean all
    # yum update
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    06.12.2016: CERN CentOS 7.3 testing available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN CentOS Linux
    (CC7) version:
    
                 *******************************
                 CC 7.3 is available for testing
                 *******************************
                    as of Tuesday 06.12.2016
    
    and will become default CC7 production version
    
                       on Monday 09.01.2017.
    
    For information about CC73, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    
    * As announced at ITUM [1] `lcm` configuration tool will be
    replaced by `locmap`, for more information please visit:
    
             https://linux.web.cern.ch/linux/centos7/docs/locmap
    
    * Updating CERN CentOS 7.2 to 7.3:
    
    Due to CERN annual closure, all updates will be
    released to production repositories only on 09.01.2017.
    
    Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      clean all
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr \
      --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern}-testing \
      update
    
    
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    13.10.2016 End of General User Support for SLC5 - March 2017

    Dear Linux users.
    
    As approved on September 2016 Linux Certification Committee meeting
    and presented on October 2016 IT Technical Users Meeting
    general user support for Scientific Linux CERN 5 (SLC5) will end on:
    
                       31st of March 2017
    
    After that date user requests for SLC5 support will be rejected by
    CERN service desk.
    
    Dedicated support for experiments and accelerator controls will be
    maintained for four months after LHC Long Shutdown beginning until
    
                       31st of March 2019.
    
    At the end of the dedicated support phase SLC5 will reach
    the End of Life phase when support will not be provided anymore
    and no more software updates will be made available.
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    16.06.2016: Additional Software Collections available for SLC6 and CC7.

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    As of 16.06.2016 additional software collections are available for Scientific Linux CERN 6 and CERN CentOS 7:
    
    CERN CentOS 7:
    
    httpd24 - Apache HTTP Server - version 2.4.18
    python27 - An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language - version 2.7.8 (updated)
    rh-java-common - Common Java libraries and tools used by other collections - version 1.1 (updated)
    rh-mariadb101 - A release of MariaDB, an alternative to MySQL - version 10.1.14
    rh-maven33 - Java project management and project comprehension tool - version 3.3.9
    rh-mongodb30upg - A limited version 3.0.11 providing upgrade path from version 2.6 to 3.2
    rh-mongodb32 - High-performance, schema-free document-oriented database - version 3.2.6
    rh-nodejs4 - A release of Node.js with npm 2.15.1 and support for the SPDY protocol version 3.1. - version 4.4.2
    rh-postgresql95 - A release of PostgreSQL, which provides a number of enhancements - version 9.5.2
    rh-python35 - An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language - version 3.5.1
    rh-ror42 - Ruby on Rails -  version 4.2.6
    rh-ruby23 - An interpreter of object-oriented scripting language  - version 2.3.0
    thermostat1 - A monitoring and serviceability tool for OpenJDK - version 1.4.4
    
    Scientific Linux CERN 6:
    
    httpd24 - Apache HTTP Server - version 2.4.18
    python27 - An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language - version 2.7.8 (updated)
    rh-java-common - Common Java libraries and tools used by other collections - version 1.1 (updated)
    rh-mariadb101 - A release of MariaDB, an alternative to MySQL - version 10.1.14
    rh-postgresql95 - A release of PostgreSQL, which provides a number of enhancements - version 9.5.2
    thermostat1 - A monitoring and serviceability tool for OpenJDK - version 1.4.4
    
    For more information and installation instructions please visit:
    
    - CC7: http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/docs/softwarecollections
    - SLC6X: http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/softwarecollections
    
    

    30.05.2016 Scientific Linux CERN 6.8 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated Scientific
    Linux CERN 6 (SLC6) version:
    
              ******************************************************
              SLC 6.8 becomes default SLC6 production version
              ******************************************************
    
                    as of Thursday 30.05.2016
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.8 (SLC68)  ?
    
      - A minor release of SLC6X series with all the
        updates since release of 6.8 (and up to 30.05.2016)
        integrated in the base installation tree.
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.8 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    * Installation media images for SLC68 can be found at:
    
        For 32 bit systems:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/i386/images/
            (install path: linuxsoft:/cern/slc68/i386/)
    
        For 64 bit systems:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/x86_64/images/
            (install path: linuxsoft:/cern/slc68/x86_64/)
    
    
        After downloading media images from above location
        standard installation procedure can be followed:
    
            http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/install
    
    
    * ISO DVD images can be found at:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/iso/
    
    
    * Certification of the SLC 6.8:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    26.05.2016: Additional Software Collections available for SLC6 and CC7.

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    As of 26.05.2016 additional software collections are available for Scientific Linux CERN 6 and CERN CentOS 7:
    
    sclo-subversion19 - provides SVN version control system v. 1.9.3
    sclo-git25        - provides GIT version control system v. 2.5.5
    sclo-httpd24more  - provides additional httpd24 modules (mod_ruid2,mod_auth_mellon)
    
    For more information and installation instructions please visit:
    
    - CC7: http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/docs/softwarecollections
    - SLC6X: http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/softwarecollections
    
    

    17.05.2016 Scientific Linux CERN 6.8 TEST available.

    Dear CERN Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that:
    
         TEST version of SLC 6.8 for i386/x86_64
         ********************************************
    
    is available as of today.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6 ?
    
      It is a CERN customized Linux distribution built on
    top of common base platform - Scientific Linux -
    which was in turn built from freely available Red Hat
    Enterprise Linux 6 Server sources by a joint Fermi and CERN
    effort.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.8 (SLC68) TEST ?
    
     - TEST minor release of SLC6X series with all the
       updates (up to 17.05.2016) integrated in the base
       installation tree.
    
    * Installation
    
    - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
    - non-PXE installation:
    
    Boot media can be found at:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/i386/images/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/x86_64/images/
    
    and corresponding installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc68/x86_64/
    
    - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
     Boot targets are:
    
     SLC68_I386
     SLC68_X86_64
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.8 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    Please note:
    
    * SLC68 will become the default SLC6 production version as of:
    
                        Monday 30.05.2016
                      *********************
    
      providing that no show-stopper problems are found.
    
    * SLC68 (yum) updates will be released to production on:
    
                        Monday 30.05.2016
                      **********************
    
    * Certification of the SLC68:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
     Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    Thomas Oulevey for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    10.05.2016 RHEL 6.8 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 8 available

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 8 for i386/x86_64
    platforms is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot targets are as follows:
    
    RHEL_6_8_I386
    RHEL_6_8_X86_64
    
    installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.8/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.8/x86_64/
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel6
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    23.03.2016: Additional Software Collections available for SLC6 and CC7.

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    As of 23.03.2016 additional software collections are available for Scientific Linux CERN 6 and CERN CentOS 7:
    
    sclo-php54 - provides additional php packages for php54 collection.
    sclo-php55 - provides additional php packages for php55 collection.
    sclo-php56 - provides additional php packages for rh-php56 collection.
    sclo-ror42 - Ruby on Rails - version 4.2
    
    For more information and installation instructions please visit:
    
    - CC7: http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/docs/softwarecollections
    - SLC6X: http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/softwarecollections
    
    

    11.01.2016: Software Collections 1.2/2.0, Developer Toolset 3.1 available for SLC6 and CC7.

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    Software Collections and Developer Toolset are offerings
    for developers on the Scientific Linux CERN 6 and CERN
    CentOS 7 platforms.
    
    Using a framework called Software Collections, an additional
    set of tools is installed into the /opt directory,
    as recommended by the UNIX Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.
    
    These tools are enabled by the user on demand using the
    supplied scl utility.
    
    Software Collections 2.0 provide following tools:
    
    devtoolset-3 - Developer Toolset 3.1:
     gcc/g++/gfortran - GNU Compiler Collection - version 4.9.2
     gdb - GNU Debugger - version 7.8.2
     binutils - A GNU collection of binary utilities - version 2.24
     elfutils A collection of utilities and DSOs to handle compiled objects - version 0.161
     dwz - DWARF optimization and duplicate removal tool - version 0.11
     systemtap - Programmable system-wide instrumentation system - version 2.6
     valgrind - Tool for finding memory management bugs in programs - version 3.10
     oprofile - System wide profiler - version 0.9.9
     eclipse - Integrated Desktop Environment platform - version 4.4.2
    rh-perl520 - A high-level programming language that is commonly used for system administration utilities - version 5.20.1
    php54, php55, rh-php56 - Scripting language for creating dynamic web sites - versions 5.4.40, 5.5.21 and 5.6.5
    python27, rh-python34 - An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language - versions 2.7.8, 3.4.2
    rh-ruby22 - An interpreter of object-oriented scripting language - version 2.2.2
    rh-ror41 - Ruby on Rails - version 4.1.5
    rh-mariadb100 - A release of MariaDB, an alternative to MySQL - version 10.0.20
    rh-mongodb26 - High-performance, schema-free document-oriented database - version 2.6.9
    rh-mysql56 - A release of MySQL, which provides a number of new features and enhancements - version 5.6.26
    rh-postgresql94 - A release of PostgreSQL, which provides a number of enhancements - version 9.4.4
    nodejs010 - A release of Node.js with npm 1.4.28 and support for the SPDY protocol version 3.1.
    nginx16 - A web and proxy server with a focus on high concurrency - version 1.6.2
    httpd24 - Apache HTTP Server - version 2.4.12
    thermostat1 - A monitoring and serviceability tool for OpenJDK - version 1.2.0
    devassist09 - DevAssistant - a tool designed to assist developers with creating and setting up projects - version 0.9.3
    maven30 - Java project management and project comprehension tool - version 3.0.5
    rh-passenger40 - Phusion Passenger a fast, robust lightweight web and application server - version 4.0.50
    rh-java-commons - Common Java libraries and tools used by other collections - version 1.1
    v8 - Google JavaScript Engine - version 3.14.5.10
    
    Software Collections 1.2 provides following tools:
    
    devtoolset-3 - Developer Toolset 3.0:
     superceeded by Developer Toolset 3.1 from Software Collections 2.0
    perl-516 - A high-level programming language that is commonly used for system administration utilities - version 5.16.3
    php54 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    php55 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    python27 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    python33 - An interpreted, interactive, object-oriented programming language - version 3.3.2
    ruby193, ruby200 - An interpreter of object-oriented scripting language - version 1.9.3 and 2.0.0
    ror40 - Ruby on Rails - version 4.0.2
    mariadb55 - A release of MariaDB, an alternative to MySQL - version 5.5.44
    mongodb24 - A cross-platform document-oriented database system - version 2.4.9
    mysql55 - version 5.5.45
    postgresql92 - version 9.2.13
    nodejs010 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    nginx16 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    httpd24 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    thermostat1 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    git19 - version 1.9.4
    devassist09 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    maven30 - superceeded by Software Collections 2.0
    
    
    For more information and installation instructions please visit:
    
    - CC7: http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/docs/softwarecollections
    - SLC6X: http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/softwarecollections
    
    Please note - SLC6X users:
    
    - this release of Software Collections obsoletes previous releases
     (from 2014, http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/softwarecollections-obsolete)
    
    - this release is available only for x86_64 64bit systems.
    
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    11.01.2016: CERN Centos 7.2 becomes default production CC7 release.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              ******************************************************
              CC 7.2 becomes default CC7 production version
              ******************************************************
    
                    as of Monday 11.01.2016
    
    For information about CC72, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    What happened to Scientific Linux CERN (SLC) ?
    
     - SLC 6 and SLC5 remain supported Linux versions at CERN
     - Next major release: 7 is based on CentOS
    
    please see: http://cern.ch/linux/nextversion
    for more information.
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.1 to 7.2:
    
    All updates are released to production repositories as of 11.01.2016,
    in order to update your system please run as root:
    
    # yum clean all
    # yum update
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    15.12.2015: CERN CentOS 7.2 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              *************************************
              CC 7.2 is available for installation
              *************************************
                    as of Tuesday 15.12.2015
    
    and will become default CC7 production version on 11.01.2016.
    
    For information about CC72, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    What happened to Scientific Linux CERN (SLC) ?
    
     - SLC 6 and SLC5 remain supported Linux versions at CERN
     - Next major release: 7 is based on CentOS
    
    please see: http://cern.ch/linux/nextversion
    for more information.
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.1 to 7.2:
    
    Due to CERN annual closure, all updates will be released to production
    repositories only on 11.01.2016.
    
    Until then CC7 system can be updated by running:
    
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing clean all
    # yum --enablerepo=cr --enablerepo={updates,extras,cern,cernonly}-testing update
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    25.11.2015 RHEL7.2 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server Update 2 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server Update 1 for x86_64
    platform is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot target:
    
    RHEL_7_2_X86_64
    
    installation path:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/7/7.2/x86_64/
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel7
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    06.08.2015: Scientific Linux CERN 6.7 becomes default production SLC6 release.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated Scientific
    Linux CERN 6 (SLC6) version:
    
              ******************************************************
              SLC 6.7 becomes default SLC6 production version
              ******************************************************
    
                    as of Thursday 06.08.2015
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.7 (SLC67)  ?
    
      - A minor release of SLC6X series with all the
        updates since release of 6.6 (and up to 22.07.2015)
        integrated in the base installation tree.
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.7 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    * Installation media images for SLC67 can be found at:
    
        For 32 bit systems:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/i386/images/
            (install path: linuxsoft:/cern/slc67/i386/)
    
        For 64 bit systems:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/x86_64/images/
            (install path: linuxsoft:/cern/slc67/x86_64/)
    
    
        After downloading media images from above location
        standard installation procedure can be followed:
    
            http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/install
    
    
    * ISO DVD images can be found at:
    
            http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/iso/
    
    
    * Certification of the SLC 6.7:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    24.07.2015 Scientific Linux CERN 6.7 TEST available.

    Dear CERN Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that:
    
         TEST version of SLC 6.7 for i386/x86_64
         ********************************************
    
    is available as of today.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6 ?
    
      It is a CERN customized Linux distribution built on
    top of common base platform - Scientific Linux -
    which was in turn built from freely available Red Hat
    Enterprise Linux 6 Server sources by a joint Fermi and CERN
    effort.
    
    * What is Scientific Linux CERN 6.7 (SLC67) TEST ?
    
     - TEST minor release of SLC6X series with all the
       updates (up to 22.07.2015) integrated in the base
       installation tree.
    
    * Installation
    
    - via PXE network boot menu (http://cern.ch/linux/install/)
    
    - non-PXE installation:
    
    Boot media can be found at:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/i386/images/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/x86_64/images/
    
    and corresponding installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/cern/slc67/x86_64/
    
    - Automated PXE installations using AIMS2
    
     Boot targets are:
    
     SLC67_I386
     SLC67_X86_64
    
    * Upgrading from previous SLC6X releases:
    
      - fully updated SLC 6X systems do not need any upgrade to
        6.7 version, otherwise standard system upgrade procedure
        will bring systems up to date:
           http://cern.ch/linux/scientific6/docs/quickupdate
    
    Please note:
    
    * SLC67 will become the default SLC6 production version as of:
    
                        Thursday 06.08.2015
                      *************************
    
      providing that no show-stopper problems are found.
    
    * SLC67 (yum) updates will be released to production on:
    
                        Thursday 06.08.2015
                       ************************
    
    * Certification of the SLC67:
    
    - as there are no other changes than these listed above
      a formal certification process does not need to be handled
      for this minor release.
    
    * Problem reporting:
    
     Please report problems to Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    23.07.2015 RHEL 6.7 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 7 available

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server Update 7 for i386/x86_64
    platforms is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot targets are as follows:
    
    RHEL_6_7_I386
    RHEL_6_7_X86_64
    
    ,installation paths are:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.7/i386/
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/rhel/server/6/6.7/x86_64/
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel6
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    09.04.2015: CERN Centos 7.1 becomes default production CC7 release.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We have a pleasure to announce that updated CERN Centos Linux (CC7) version:
    
              ******************************************************
              CC 7.1 becomes default CC7 production version
              ******************************************************
    
                    as of Thursday 09.04.2015
    
    For information about CC71, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    What happened to Scientific Linux CERN (SLC) ?
    
     - SLC 6 and SLC5 remain supported Linux versions at CERN
     - Next major release: 7 is based on CentOS
    
    please see: http://cern.ch/linux/nextversion
    for more information.
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.0 to 7.1:
    
    All updates are released to production repositories as of 09.04.2015,
    in order to update your system please run as root:
    
    # yum clean all
    # yum update
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    01.04.2015 CC71 - CERN CentOS 7.1 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    We would like to announce immediate availability of
    next CERN Linux release:
    
                  CC71: CERN CentOS 7.1
    
    For information about CC71, including installation
    instructions please visit:
    
             http://cern.ch/linux/centos7/
    
    What happened to Scientific Linux CERN (SLC) ?
    
     - SLC 6 and SLC5 remain supported Linux versions at CERN
     - Next major release: 7 is based on CentOS
    
    please see: http://cern.ch/linux/nextversion
    for more information.
    
    Updating CERN CentOS 7.0 to 7.1:
    
    All updates will be released to production repositories on 09.04.2015,
    after that date running as root on your system:
    
    # yum update
    
    will update it to version 7.1.
    
    In order to test the update before 09.04.2015, run as root on your system:
    
    # yum update
    # yum --enablerepo=cr update
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    05.03.2015 RHEL7.1 - Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server Update 1 available.

    Dear Linux users.
    
    Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server Update 1 for x86_64
    platform is available for installation at CERN,
    starting today.
    
    AIMS2 PXE boot target:
    
    RHEL7_U1_X86_64
    
    installation path:
    
    http://linuxsoft.cern.ch/enterprise/7Server_U1/en/os/x86_64/
    
    Interactive network installations are possible from
    the 'Red Hat Enterprise Linux' PXE boot menu.
    
    Please note that Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server is a
    licensed product installable only on authorized
    systems. Therefore before you install your
    system please request a license assignment from
    linux support.
    
    After installation, please do not forget to setup your
    system for updates: http://cern.ch/linux/rhel/#rhel7
    
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux.Support@cern.ch
    

    29.01.2015 [SLC6] Alternative CERN Single Sign On integration method available.

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    We would like to announce the availability of an alternative method for Apache
    web server authentication integration with CERN Single Sign On (SSO) system.
    
    Please see mod_auth_mellon documentation for
    more information.
    
    At present this method is avalable only on SLC6X systems, in the (near) future
    it will be available on CC7 platform.
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux Support.
    

    29.01.2015 CERN host certificate autenroll & autorenew method available.

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    We would like to announce the availability of new mechanism allowing for
    automated and unattended CERN host certificate obtention and renewal on
    SLC5, SLC6 and CC7 systems.
    
    Please see cern-get-certificate documentation for
    more information.
    
    Jaroslaw Polok for Linux Support.
    

    13.11.2014 Software Collections 1.2 and Developer Toolset 3.0 for Scientific Linux CERN 6

    Dear Linux Users,
    
    CERN Software Collections and Developer Toolset are offerings
    for developers on the Scientific Linux CERN 6 platform.
    
    Using a framework called Software Collections, an additional
    set of tools is installed into the /opt directory,
    as recommended by the UNIX Filesystem Hierarchy Standard.
    
    These tools are enabled by the user on demand using the
    supplied scl utility.
    
    CERN Software Collections 1.2 provides following tools:
    
       Developer Toolset version 3.0, including:
         gcc/g++/gfortran - GNU Compiler Collection - version 4.9.1
         gdb - GNU Debugger - version 7.8
         [ ... and more tools, please see link at the bottom ]
    
       DevAssistant version 0.9 - A tool which helps with
         creating and setting up basic projects in various languages.
    
       Git version 1.94 - Fast Version Control System
    
       Httpd version 2.4.6 - Apache HTTP Server
    
       Maven version 3.0.5 - Java project management and
         project comprehension tool
    
       Mongodb version 2.4.9 - High-performance, schema-free
         document-oriented database
    
       Nginx version 1.6.1 -  A high performance web server
         and reverse proxy server
    
       Php version 5.5.6 - Scripting language for creating
         dynamic web sites
    
       Ruby version 2.0.0 - An interpreter of object-oriented
         scripting language
    
       Ruby on Rails version 4.0
    
       Thermostat version 1.0.4 - A monitoring and serviceability
         tool for OpenJDK
    
    
    Please note that products released in the past as part of:
    
    - Software Collections 1.0
         http://cern.ch/linux/scl/
         (Mysql 5.5, Mariadb 5.5, Postgresql 9.2, Python 2.7 and 3.3,
           php 5.4, nodejs 0.10, perl 5.15)
    
    - Developer Toolset 1.1/2.0/2.1
         http://cern.ch/linux/devtoolset/
         ( gcc/g++/gfortran 4.8.2, eclipse 4.3.1, ...)
    
    remain available for installation.
    
    For more information and installation instructions, please visit:
    
    http://cern.ch/linux/scl/
    
    Linux.Support@cern.ch
    
    

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    JaroslawPolok - 17-Feb-2010

    See also the SLC FAQ (under construction)

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