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On June 1, 2015, University IT's agreement with Red Hat will expire, and the centrally managed Red Hat repository (aka Satellite or yum server) will no longer be available. View the official announcement for more information. 

If you have a Red Hat license that you plan to continue updating, you should purchase either a self-support license or support from You may also submit a HelpSU request with Stanford Software Licensing to be put in touch with the vendor rep.

Product Description

Product Linux – Stanford only
Vendors Red Hat, Debian, and Ubuntu

Linux is an open-source operating system used by many units across Stanford. There are a large variety of "flavors" of Linux; IT Services generally works with Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), Debian, and Ubuntu. IT Services provides local mirrors of these versions of Linux for local Stanford users.

  • Debian Linux 7 (wheezy) (i386 and x86_64)
  • Debian Linux unstable (sid) (i386 and x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (i386 and x86_64)
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 (i386 and x86_64)
  • Ubuntu Linux 14.04 LTS (Trusty) (32-bit and 64-bit)

Debian and Ubuntu are free for public distribution.

Red Hat is available for Stanford faculty, staff and students, on Stanford-owned machines. SLAC*, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital, and Stanford Hospital are excluded. (* SLAC has its own Linux contract)

License Year N/A
Ordering See info in Product Details below for obtaining and installing

Product Details

Debian and Ubuntu Linux

Debian and Ubuntu Linux are free for public distribution, and are mirrored locally at Stanford. These URLs not accessible through a web browser. Instead, point your '/etc/apt/sources.list' file at one of the following:

  • Debian Linux - <>
  • Debian Backports - <>
  • Debian Volatile - <>
  • Ubuntu - <>

For instance, on a Debian Lenny system, this '/etc/apt/sources.list' would read:

# The main Debian archive and source tree.
deb jessie main non-free contrib
deb-src jessie main non-free contrib

Debian and Ubuntu i386 and x86_64 (amd64) releases are mirrored; for Ubuntu, generally only the latest LTS (long-term support release) plus the current and previous releases.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL)

As of June 1, 2015, the university will no longer license Red Hat for free distribution. End users who plan to continue updating Red Hat licenses are encouraged to contact DLT Solutions.

Product Support

Debian and Ubuntu Linux

Online support may be found through the open source communities, or buying a support contract from a designated professional support service

Free Support:

Paid Support:

Additional Stanford-specific Software Packages

IT Services staff develop a variety of Stanford-specific software packages for Linux systems. These include:

  • filter-syslog
  • remctl
  • wallet-client

Additionally, ports of other commonly-used Stanford tools - 'openafs', 'shibboleth', etc - may be available.

Debian and Ubuntu Linux

  1. Add the following to the file '/etc/apt/sources.list':
    deb jessie main
  2. Add the following to '/etc/apt/preferences':
    Package: *
    Pin: release o=Stanford
    Pin-Priority: 200
  3. Run 'aptitude update' as root.

You should now be able to install Stanford provided packages by running (e.g.) 'aptitude install wallet-client'.

This repository is signed; to get the keys install the package stanford-keyring.

Last modified June 1, 2015