[LON-CAPA-admin] Suse 10.2

Lars Jensen ljensen at tmcc.edu
Fri Dec 19 11:18:21 EST 2008

Hi Stuart,

Thanks for the info. I'm going to wait upgrading the system until 
summer, in the hope that Ubuntu will be supported then. Ubuntu requires 
fewer OS upgrades in that they support their OS for 5 years (LTS server 


Stuart Raeburn wrote:
> Lars,
> Typically, LON-CAPA continues to be "supported", (i.e., RPMs for any new 
> packages required by new LON-CAPA versions are built and distributed via 
> the corresponding LON-CAPA RPM repository) for OS versions a number of 
> months after the Linux distributor has ceased providing security patches 
> for a particular version.
> In the case of SuSE 10.2 this means that the forthcoming 2.8 release 
> will run on SuSE 10.2, despite the fact that SuSE ceased providing 
> security packages on November 30th 2008.  That said, from a security 
> standpoint it is always advisable to upgrade a Linux distro to a version 
> for which the distributor provides security patches.  LON-CAPA is 
> supported on SuSE 10.3 (which openSuSE will support until October 31st 
> 2009).  I know of at least one LON-CAPA domain currently running on SuSE 
> 10.3.
> I would anticipate that by the time of next summer's LON-CAPA 3.0 
> release, LON-CAPA support for 10.1 and 10.2 will be discontinued, to be 
> replaced by support for SuSE 11.0 and 11.1.
> As regards LON-CAPA support for debian-based distros, in the past there 
> has been some discussion about supporting these, and indeed as an 
> exploratory effort a while ago I built the required .deb packages, and 
> tested installation on a VM running Ubuntu 6.06 LTS (32 bit).  
> Continuation of this effort has not been a priority as, until now, this 
> has not been requested for production servers.  I'll look at revisiting 
> support for debian-based distros in advance of the summer's LON-CAPA 3.0 
> release.
> Recently, a few LON-CAPA domains have migrated to CentOS 5, because 
> releases of new versions are less frequent, and the distributor has a 
> stated intent to provide support for several years (according to the 
> CentOS wiki this distro will be supported until March 31st 2014).  
> Migration between SuSE and Fedora/RedHat/CentOS distros requires 
> recreating file-system authenticated users (see 
> http://loncapa.org/hardwareupgrade.html).
> Stuart Raeburn
> MSU LON-CAPA group
> Quoting Lars Jensen <ljensen at tmcc.edu>:
>> Suse 10.2 is no longer supported by the distributors. How much longer
>> is it going to be supported by lon-capa?
>> Why are debian based systems not supported? Is this coming in the future?
>> Thanks,
>> Lars.
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