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Over the course of the last few years the department has used the Centos Linux distribution for desktops and the Linux cluster. Centos has performed well and remained stable. The problem has been that its release schedule is fairly slow and thus new programs and features are not available in releases of Centos.
To remedy this, we are moving desktops and the Linux cluster to the Ubuntu Linux distribution. Ubuntu has a quicker release schedule, and wide availability of applications. Over the course of the summer the Lab staff will be installing the 64-bit version of Ubuntu in conjunction with the distribution of new desktop machines.
So far we have found very few issues that should cause problems. If you experience any issues, please contact the Lab staff. We will see if we can solve, or at least document any problems. If you would like us to go ahead and install Ubuntu on your computer, please let us know. We would love to have some early adopters!