The 3rd minor update to ScientificLinux 6 (which is based on RHEL6) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics SL6 DICE office machines. A minor update like this provides us with the opportunity to update important software and fix any bugs which are not security issues (we apply security updates as soon as they are available) in a controlled manner.
In this upgrade the most noticeable change for users is likely to be the replacement of OpenOffice 3.2.1 with LibreOffice 188.8.131.52
To complete this upgrade a delayed reboot will be scheduled for all DICE office desktops. The delay will be 5 days, although the reboots are delayed it would be greatly appreciated if people could manually reboot their machines at their earliest convenience; the delayed reboot would then be cancelled. The machines in the student labs were successfully upgraded to SL6.3 before the beginning of semester 1 so this upgrade only affects office desktop machines. Upgrades for individual servers will be scheduled over the next few weeks and users affected will be contacted as necessary.
SL6.3 was released on 8th August 2012 and since then it has been thoroughly tested in our DICE environment so we are confident that this update will not cause any issues for users.
If you have any questions or problems with the upgrade please contact our User Support team through the support form.