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2010 Operating System Support Plans
for McIDAS-X

McIDAS-X is supported on systems running Apple Mac OS X, HP-UX, IBM AIX, Microsoft Windows XP with Services for Unix, Red Hat Linux, SGI IRIX or Sun Solaris. The section below lists the 2010 operating system support plans for each vendor supported by McIDAS User Services. Please check the plans for your current operating system(s) and contact the McIDAS Help Desk if you have any questions or concerns about the plans. Refer to the current Supported System Configurations list for information on our currently supported platforms.

Vendor:  Apple

Summer 2010 -- Adding support for Mac OS X 10.6 Intel.
Fall 2010 -- Sunsetting Mac OS X 10.5 Intel and sunsetting PPC.

10.6 will not run on PPC, and PPC is no longer supported by Apple, so PPC is being sunset by MUG.

Vendor:  HP

Staying with HP-UX 11.11.

HP hardware and software are not supported by the University of Wisconsin so the MUG must pay all fees on its own in order to support HP-UX. The Australian BoM paid for MUG support of HP-UX from 2007 through 2009. The Australian BoM and Cape Canaveral Forecast Facility have now paid to extend MUG support of HP-UX through 2012.

Vendor:  IBM

Staying with AIX 5.3.3.

The end of life (EOL) for 5.3 is not until 2013, so we foresee no changes in our support of AIX 5.3.

Vendor:  Microsoft

Staying with Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 3 and Services for Unix 3.5.  

We will evaluate Windows 7 when it's supported by the University.

Vendor:  Red Hat

Fall 2010 -- Assuming 6.0 is released as planned early in 2010 and is supported by the University in time for the fall, we will be sunsetting 4.0.  Until then, we will continue with Enterprise Linux WS 4.0 and 5.3 Intel.

Vendor:  SGI

Fall 2010 -- Sunsetting IRIX support.

University support for SGI has been sunsetted. The last IRIX release was in late 2006 and no hardware or software updates are planned by SGI. We will continue to support IRIX until Fall 2010, or potentially earlier if something catastrophic occurs to our only SGI machine before that date.

Vendor:  Sun

Staying with Solaris 10 on SPARC and x86. 

An end of life for Solaris 10 has not been announced, so we foresee no changes in our support of Solaris 10.