Linux-based operating system targeted toward the commercial
We recommend Ubuntu for new installations of desktop Linux
unless you have a specific reason to use a different
Before installing any Linux distribution, evaluate compatibility with your hardware and required software applications and consider alternatives on Microsoft Windows and Apple Macintosh.
If you are a student, consult with your instructors. If you are faculty or staff, consult with your IT node support.
The Red Hat Network (RHN) Proxy allows computers running Red Hat Linux to retrieve software updates over the University's network.
UB's RHN Proxy is dependent on the RHN servers running at Red Hat. These servers occasionally are taken offline for maintenance, and during that time updates through RHN will be unavailable. You can subscribe to the RHN outage mailing list to receive notices when an outage is scheduled to occur.
Besides individual system updates, Red Hat Network can be used to remotely update and administer systems registered with Red Hat Network. Systems are placed in groups with a unique activiation key so the system administrator(s) can log in to the RHN Website to schedule updates and other tasks.
For a more detailed description of Red Hat Network features and services.
Your computer must be running Red Hat Enterprise Linux and have an on-campus network (128.205.x.x) or VPN connection to use the RHN Proxy.
Installing Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (Desktop and Server) requires activation keys:
During the installation process of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (RHEL 5), you will be prompted to register for the Red Hat Network (RHN). RHN allows your system to receive important security and software updates. However, you should NOT sign up for an account with the RHN, as one is already provided for UB students, faculty and staff.
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To enable your computer to use the RHN Proxy to retrieve updates, register with UB's RHN proxy. Download the script, open a terminal window, change to the directory to which you downloaded the script, and use superuser privileges to execute the following command:
sh use-ub-rhn.sh ACTIVATIONKEY
where ACTIVATIONKEY is the actual activation key. After the
script runs, close the terminal window.