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To provide a more up to date desktop linux experience UMIACS provides support for Ubuntu LTS (long-term support) releases. We will only be supporting LTS releases as there is a large amount of work that goes into testing the auto installer and supporting the more cutting edge Ubuntu releases.

Previous Ubuntu LTS (Long Term Support) releases are supported for 3 years on the desktop and 5 years on the server. Starting with Ubuntu 12.04 LTS, LTS releases will be supported for 5 years on both the desktop and the server.

  • Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial)- End of life date: April 2021


  • Users have the ability to install software from blessed repositories without staff intervention.
  • More bleeding edge desktop software experience than our RHEL offerings.


Besides being able to install software from the blessed Ubuntu universes we provide only our binary software common tree to Ubuntu LTS releases. This is analogous to the traditional software found in /opt but is now found in /opt/common. The software includes Matlab, Mathematica, Compilers, etc. Starting with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS, you can use Modules to easily load these paths and relevant libraries into your environment. Also, please see Ubuntu Software Center.

Data Storage

Please see the UNIX section in our LocalDataStorage article.