New Ubuntu Linux upgrade coming in September 2020 – Testers Needed

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New Ubuntu Linux upgrade coming in September 2020 – Testers Needed

We will be migrating most user-centered Ubuntu Linux systems (login servers and Linux computer labs) to version 20.04 LTS (Focal). Our plan is to stage much of this upgrade in the early part of September 2020, from the 9th through the 11th.

We need users who are willing to test out the new environment to help us make it ready for Fall 2020.

Ubuntu 20.04 (aka Focal Fossa) may have new versions of many tools, including:

  • gcc
  • mpi
  • cuda tools (use addpkg delivered software for testing)
  • Qemu

Python – There will be no default python (when you try to run python). The version you want will need to be run explicitly (using python3/pip3, python2/pip2, etc).

Python2 has reached it’s official end-of-life and is no longer under active development. User requests for python2 libraries to be installed will usually be guided to python3 equivalents. If you need python2 libraries, we recommend using a personal installation in your home directory. Miniconda (https://docs.conda.io/en/latest/miniconda.html) or something similar would work for this.

In order to check your software and course assignments for compatibility, we have set up a few sample systems that mimic the projected software load for the Fall term.

focal.cecs.pdx.edu – for testing linux.cs (ada/babbage/quizors) and linux.cecs (ruby/rita)

humboldt.cs.pdx.edu – for testing CS linux lab systems

fab10.cecs.pdx.edu – for testing FAB 55-17 “Intel Lab” Linux systems

Please let us know if you run into any problems so that we can deal with them before the migration.

 

2020-07-21T14:16:03+00:00July 21st, 2020|