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2012 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, Microsoft Windows 7 Enterprise with Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications, Red Hat Linux or Sun Solaris. The section below lists the 2012 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

Continuing support for Mac OS X 10.6 Intel. (Note: The McIDAS GUI is not included in the McIDAS-X package for OS X 10.6 and thus is not available/supported on OS X systems.)

We will evaluate Mac OS X 10.7 (Lion) when it's supported at the University of Wisconsin SSEC.

Vendor:  HP

Continuing support for 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

Continuing support for AIX 5.3.3 until its end of life (EOL), 30 April 2012. As of that date AIX 5.3.x will no longer be supported by IBM, and McIDAS-X will no longer be supported on AIX. Please contact us if you have feedback regarding this issue.

Vendor:  Microsoft

Continuing support for Windows 7 Enterprise with Subsystem for UNIX-based Applications (SUA) and Windows XP with Services for Unix (SFU).

January 2013 -- Sunsetting Windows XP support (approximately one year after support of Windows 7 was added).

Vendor:  Red Hat

Continuing support of 6.x Intel, 5.x Intel and 5.x PPC.

We will evaluate 7.0 when it's supported at the University of Wisconsin SSEC.

Vendor:  SGI

McIDAS-X on IRIX was last supported in McIDAS-X 2010.1.

Vendor:  Sun / Oracle

Continuing support of Solaris 10 on SPARC and x86. (Note: The Solaris operating system is now maintained by Oracle. SSEC tests on Sun Solaris 10 which was purchased before Oracle acquired Sun Microsystems.)

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