Linux Computer Labs Moving to RHEL8 for Fall 2021

by Michigan Tech IT

All on-domain Linux Lab systems will be rebuilt with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 (RHEL8) before the start of the fall semester. This includes machines in Dow 211,  Van Pelt and Opie Library (red zone), MEEM 707, Rekhi 112, Rekhi 113, Rekhi 117 and Rekhi 118, as well as the Linux coursework servers (joshua.csl) and (wopr.csl).

RHEL8 is a completely new OS version, so it is imperative that faculty and staff who have used RHEL7 for their coursework, classes, grading or other work test with RHEL8 to help identify issues with software, scripts, course materials and workflows.

There are several options for testing software on RHEL8 throughout the summer:

  • In-person: Rekhi 117
  • Via SSH:
  • We may be able to temporarily deploy a loaner machine; contact us at

More information is available on the IT blog. For questions or to offer feedback on the RHEL8 campus lab system, we can help. Contact IT at or call 7-1111.