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New Linux Timesharing Server is Now Available

Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 10:40


A new Linux-based server is now available as part of the University’s Unix Timesharing Service using Unix Timesharing is primarily used for engineering and computer science coursework, as well as personal web pages at (Note: Linux systems are preferred for SFTP, as Solaris may generate warning messages because of outdated encryption.)

You can start using the new server at your earliest convenience. Your data and files will remain available on both the Linux and Solaris 9 systems in the near term, using the Andrew File System (AFS).

To request additional software or scripts on the Linux server, please submit a Service Request. The Linux server runs an updated operating system (RHEL 7) and software updates include a new version of Java and Alpine email, which replaces Pine.

You may access the new Linux server directly from within PittNet. However, If you are connecting from outside PittNet use of PittNet VPN (Pulse Secure) is required. The server has full outbound access to the internet, but port forwarding and reverse-port forwarding functions are not enabled.

The Solaris server remains available and additional communication will be provided before it is retired. The Solaris server uses the following host names:

  • and (legacy names)

Please contact the 24/7 IT Help Desk at 412-624-HELP (4357) if you have any questions regarding this announcement.