Norwegian version of this page

Linux workstations

Linux is available for researchers and lecturers at the University of Oslo. If you have an occasional or intermittent need for linux, you should use the university VDI service.

Extensive need for linux that cannot be met by the university VDI service can be met by installing linux operating system on personal workstations.

The allowed linux distros at the University of Oslo are currently Fedora or RedHat Enterprise Linux.

Users have limited support for linux, and must be prepared to solve any issue on their own.

Conditions for linux on workstations

  1. The IT departement of the Faculty of Humanities (HF-IT) offer limited support for linux workstations, thus linux users must be able to solve many problems on their own.
  2. Linux users must have a knowledge of their linux operating system that exceeds the knowledge of the normal windows workstation user. Linux users must be prepared to invest the time needed to solve problems and to maintain the workstation.
  3. Linux users are granted the right to install official software with "yum" (Red Hat Enterprise Linux - RHEL) and "dnf" (Fedora), and must perform any installation themselves
  4. Server software should not be installed on workstations due to higher risks of security breaches from hackers, for instance. Webservers, database servers and other network services are examples of server software. The university client networks are secured to a great extent, and will render server software useless on workstations.
  5. HF-IT have knowledge and experience in but a few software packages, due to capacity, and this means that we have very limited resources to support linux users.

Procedure for installing and maintaining linux workstations

  1. HF-IT install the agreed linux distro on the users workstation
  2. The linux user is granted "sudo" rights on their workstation
  3. Linux users must be prepared to perform update and installation themselves
  4. Maintenance of operating system and software installed with "yum" or "dnf" will be automatically performed at regular intervals. New kernels will need restarts, and this must be done by users themselves at a suitable time as promptly as possible.
  5. Older versions of Linux will eventually go out of support, and new major linux upgrades will be announced by email, and the upgrade must be performed by the user within a reasonable period of time.
Published Sep. 30, 2021 12:51 PM - Last modified Oct. 20, 2021 11:55 AM