Scientific Linux Fermi LTS v3.0.3

Scientific Linux Fermi LTS v3.0.3 was release on October 1, 2004.
The Release Notes has lots of good information, such as where to get installation media, or how to make the media yourself.
This release was based off of Scientific Linux 3.0.3. For more information about this release, you can read the Scientific Linux 3.0.3 release notes.

Installation Guides:
Our workgroup page has more info on each of the workgroup choices. Workgroup maintainers can get help from the workgroup maintainer page.

Notes about Scientific Linux Fermi LTS v3.0.1

Contact Us

We have created a linux-users mailing list for people affilicated with Fermilab to send in their Linux questions, comments, and concerns.
We have also created a linux-users-annouce mailling list, which anyone is able to subscribe to. This list will only have annoucements on it of things that pertain to Fermi Linux users, such as updates, releases, and unix users meetings.
Here are directions to subscribe to the lists

Click on the "subscribe to the list" link. When the mail window comes up enter the following - leave the subject line blank and put the words subscribe linux-users or subscribe linux-users-announcein the body.

After subscribing you can send mail to to submit your questions. 
You cannot send mail to linux-users-announce.

Here is the linux-users mailing list archive.
And here is the linux-users-announce mailing list archive
Note: The linux-users archive prior to Jan. 1, 2000 can be found here.  The archive from Jan 1,2000 to February 5,2001 is here

Linux Security at Fermilab including Kerberos

Internet security is a major issue for any organization that is connected to the internet. Fermilab is no exception. We place the utmost priority on security and make every attempt possible to create a secure and stable environment for our users. For informational purposes, we have created the Fermi Linux Security Page for disseminating information on what steps we have taken to create a secure Fermi Linux distribution. 
By default Fermi Linux LTS comes kerberized and bound to Fermi's FNAL.GOV realm. If you want people to be able to log into your machine you must get a kerberos principle for your machine. To get one do the following steps.

  1. get a host key password from here
  2. /usr/krb5/config/makehostkeys   (use password from step 1)
If you do not get any errors you should have a /etc/krb5.keytab file. You can verify it is correct by doing a klist -k and it should should you your machines host and ftp principles.
For more information about kerberos on Fermi Linux send mail to .

Linux Support Policy

In January, 1998, Fermilab announced that Linux would be one of the officially supported operating systems at the lab. Several restrictions apply to this policy, the most important being that only distribution and hardware platform supported are Fermi Linux on Intel PC's. A short but comprehensive document was issued which is available online. 

In light of a change in support policy, we had to revise our support policy. This new support policy was initially drafted in November 2003. Read it here.

Linux Application Support Policy

FUE (Fermi Unix Environment) is a means by which the Computing Division provides application software to our customers. A full statement of this policy can be found here. FullFue bootstrap is included in the default Fermi Linux installation and upgrade for workgroups which have selected this service. See the comps.xml sections on our workgroups page for information on which workgroups have selected this.

Maintained by: Troy Dawson.
Last modified: 11-October-2004