SL7.6 Upgrade for desktop machines

The 6th minor update for ScientificLinux 7 (which is based on RHEL7) is now ready for deployment to the Informatics DICE office and student lab 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.

Along with the general updates for this platform upgrade we are pleased to announce that our python 3 environment has been updated to version 3.6.8 which includes the full “scientific python” stack of scipy, numpy, matplotlib, ipython, pandas, etc. We have attempted to provide the most commonly required modules for Python 3.6, if there are any additional modules you require for teaching next year please let us know as soon as possible.

We plan to make this change on the evening of next Monday (17th June). To complete the upgrade a reboot is required, that will happen overnight for the student lab machines. For all other DICE office desktops a delayed reboot has been scheduled, 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.

SL7.6 was released on 3rd December 2018 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.

Full details of the package updates are available on the LCFG wiki. For further, in depth information, there are also release notes from ScientificLinux and Redhat.

If you have any questions or problems with the upgrade please contact our User Support team using the support form.

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