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Red Hat Retirement Information

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Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL5) is no longer supported under our campus agreement and due to the severity of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities CIT strongly recommends that everyone with a Red Hat Enterprise 5 server upgrade to a newer version of CentOS or a supported version of Red Hat immediately. Continued use of RHEL5 creates immense risk, causing unnecessary exposure to the university, and may violate University Policy.

Additionally, with the diminishing use of Red Hat on campus, CIT is discontinuing the Red Hat self-support campus license as of August 2019. CentOS is free, binary compatible to Red Hat, and offers the same set of patches to the Linux Community. Existing Red Hat users should be able to transition to CentOS with minimal effort. More information and your options can be found at the Red Hat Retirement Information page.

Customers of CIT Systems Support with managed servers need to review vendor support agreements and confirm that CentOS has the same support as Red Hat, if they support third party software on their server. The conversion for most managed servers from Red Hat to CentOS will occur during our Fall Linux Patching cycle, scheduled from December 10, 2018 through January 13, 2019. If you have any further questions about this maintenance, please contact us at

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