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[release-announce] IS&T announces beta availability of Debathena

daemon@ATHENA.MIT.EDU (Jonathan Reed)
Fri Jul 29 20:04:53 2011

From: Jonathan Reed <jdreed@MIT.EDU>
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Good evening, 

The Athena Release Team has been hard at work this summer preparing the newest version of Debathena, based on Ubuntu 11.04 ("Natty").  This version is now available for beta testing.  It will be rolled out to 8 workstations throughout campus (7 in the W20-575 cluster, and one Quickstation in W20) over the weekend.  Users interested in testing may also install it on their own machines, though we do not recommend installing it on mission-critical infrastructure at this time.   Users who choose to participate in testing should read http://debathena.mit.edu/testing for more information and send their feedback to <testers@mit.edu>.

Preliminary release notes can be found in Hermes, at http://kb.mit.edu/confluence/x/AgBqAg

We anticipate a final release date between August 8 and August 15; we will send another e-mail to this list when the final date has been confirmed.  (The release will also be rolled out to the "early" workstations (another 4 workstations in W20) between now and the final release date.)

As with all Athena releases, a downgrade is not possible without wiping and re-installing the workstation, so users who rely on Athena for their daily work and/or use software not maintained or installed by IS&T (including software installed in course lockers) are strongly encouraged to make use of this period to test their software with the new version to ensure compatibility.   


Jonathan Reed
for the Athena Release Team

Jonathan Reed
Information Services & Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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