The 2nd minor update to ScientificLinux 7 (which is based on RHEL7) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics SL7 DICE office machines. At this point the update will NOT be deployed in the student labs, they will remain on SL7.1 until after exams have finished at the end of May. 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.
To complete this upgrade a reboot is required. 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. Upgrades for individual servers will be scheduled over the next few weeks and users affected will be contacted as necessary.
SL7.2 was released on February 5th 2016 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.
For many users the most noticeable significant change is likely to be the update to version 3.14 of the Gnome desktop (which is our default desktop environment). In particular, this has altered the location of the “Log Out” menu item, see our computing.help page for details.
If you have any questions or problems with the upgrade please contact our User Support team through the support form.