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Scientific Linux 4.8 Available Now for i386 and x86_64

Available on mirrors worldwide from a week ago, Scientific Linux 4.8, based on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Update 8, was officially announced last evening by Connie Sieh and Troy Dawson. The new release comes with major improvements and package updates. "Scientific Linux 4.8 has been released. We want to thank all those who have contributed packages and time, helping us build and test this release. Scientific Linux 4.8 doesn't have any exciting new features, it is just a nice, stable release. Scientific Linux release 4.8 is based on the rebuilding of RPMS out of SRPMS's from Enterprise 4, including Update 8. It also [contains] all errata and bugfixes up until July 20, 2009." - the Scientific Linux team said in the official release announcement.

The following packages were added, compared to Red Hat Enterprise 4u8 release:

· 915resolution (a tool to modify Intel graphics chipsets’ video BIOS)
· Alpine (a tool for reading, sending, and managing electronic messages)
· Apt
· CFITSIO (Flexible Image Transport System support)
· Cluster Suite & GFS
· dropit
· FUSE (Filesystem in userspace)
· IceWM (Simple window manager)
· Intel wireless firmware (Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 and 2200 driver)
· JAVA 1.6.0 Update 12
· Korn Shell
· Madwifi
· NDISwrapper
· NumPy
· Multimedia codecs (gstreamer, lame, id3tag, mad, etc)
· NumPy (Numeric replacement)
· OpenAFS
· Performance Co-Pilot
· R (language and environment for statistical computing and graphics)
· r1000 (RealTek Ethernet controllers driver)
· Tidy
· Squashfs
· Unionfs
· Yum & Yumex
· Tidy
· ...and many more!

The following packages were updated, compared to Red Hat Enterprise 4u8 release:

· Anaconda
· Comps 48-0
· Glade2 2.6.0
· Apache 2.0.52

For a detailed list with all the new/updated packages, please check the official release notes.

Scientific Linux is a distribution put together by various labs and universities around the world. Its primary purpose is to reduce duplicated effort of the labs, and to offer a common install base for the various experimenters.

Download Scientific Linux 4.8 right now from here.

Scientific Linux 4.8 i386
Scientific Linux 4.8 x86_64

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