Linux systems moving to RHEL9 for Fall 2024 Semester

All fully-managed Linux Lab systems will be rebuilt with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 (RHEL9) before the start of the Fall 2024 semester. The transition will start between the spring and summer semesters (Apr. 27 to May 5).

RHEL9 transition timeline
During break between Spring and Summer Semesters
(Apr. 27 to May 5)
During break between Summer and Fall 2024 Semesters
(Aug. 10 to Aug. 25)
Dow 211 (1 system) Rekhi 112
Dow 853 (2 systems) Rekhi 113
MEEM 707 (4 systems) Rekhi 118
Rekhi 117
Remaining Library Orange Zone Linux machines

These systems will be unavailable for use during the transition process.

RHEL9 testing

In the meantime, if you are a faculty or staff member who uses Linux for coursework, grading, or other work, it is imperative for you to use the available RHEL9 test machines. By doing so, it will help us identify issues with software, scripts, course materials, and workflows. Contact us immediately with any issues so we can find and deploy solutions before the Fall semester begins.

Where to test

Machines with RHEL9 for testing are set up in the Library second floor orange zone (workstations 05, 06, and 07). You can also SSH into to test non-graphical aspects of RHEL9.

Additional details

  • RHEL9 will become the default OS for fully-managed Linux on new installs or rebuilds of graduate, faculty, and staff office workstations.
  • Verify that any software needed for class/coursework is in the Linux lab software list for RHEL9 with valid contact information and course details. The software list contains information on software packages that:
    • Have been dropped due to a lack of upstream RHEL9 support or the absence of associated contact information
    • Are already deployed
    • Are waiting for more information/testing before being deployed
    • Are not ready for testing

You can join the Linux information mailing list to receive email notices and information about Linux instruction labs or Linux office workstations.
If you would like to upgrade your current Linux system to RHEL9 or if you have any questions, comments, or concerns, please email IT or call 906-487-1111.