Fermi Linux

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Fermi Linux is the generic name for Linux distributions that are created and used at Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory . These releases have gone through different names: Fermi Linux, Fermi Linux LTS, LTS, Scientific Linux Fermi, SLF. At the current time, the only officially supported Fermi Linux is Scientific Linux Fermi, which is based on Scientific Linux.


Distributions released were:

Support policy

Updates for supported releases are currently available without any restrictions.

Scientific Linux Fermi LTS (LongTermSupport) 3.0.x

  • Fermi Linux LTS 3.0.1 was released January 26, 2004
  • Support should continue until at least October 31, 2007

Scientific Linux Fermi 4.x

  • Scientific Linux Fermi 4.1 was released September 20, 2005
  • Support should continue until at least October 31, 2008

Fermi Linux LTS

Fermi Linux LTS (Long Term Support) is in essence Red Hat Enterprise Linux, recompiled.What the workers in Fermilab have done is taken the source code from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (in srpm form) and recompiled them. The resulting binaries (now in rpm form) are then theirs to do with as they desire as long as they follow the License from that original source code, which they are doing.They are choosing to bundle all these binaries into a linux distribution that is as close to Red Hat Enterprise Linux as they can get it. The goal is to ensure that if a program runs and is certified on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, then it will run on the corresponding Fermi Linux...
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