CentOS (Community Enterprise Operating System) is a Linux distribution that is derived entirely from the sources of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). CentOS exists to provide a free enterprise class, community-driven computing platform while maintaining very close compatibility with RHEL. Under a new governing board since 2014, it has joined with Red Hat but has remained independent from RHEL licensing and branding.
Please visit the CentOS website for more info and downloads.
Mac OS X Yosemite is a modern operating system that combines the power and stability of UNIX with the legendary elegance of the Macintosh.
Faculty / Staff
As a Louisiana State University student, faculty or staff member, you may purchase Mac OS X through Apple's Online Education Store at reduced academic pricing.
Long Term Servicing Branch (2016) for Windows 10 developed by Microsoft:
Enterprise LTSB is a long-term support version of Windows 10 Enterprise released every 2 to 3 years. They are supported with security updates for 10 years after their release, and intentionally receive no feature updates. Some features, including the Windows Store and bundled apps, are not included in this edition.
The Windows 7, 32-bit image includes all Windows Updates as of Feb 18, 2014 as well as Microsoft Office 2013. This image makes use of Clonezilla and Tuxboot for deployment.
The Windows 7, 64-bit image includes all Windows Updates as of July 24, 2014 as well as Microsoft Office 2013. This image makes use of Clonezilla and Tuxboot for deployment.
Ubuntu is a complete Linux-based operating system, freely available with both community and professional support. The Ubuntu community is built on the ideas enshrined in the Ubuntu Manifesto: that software should be available free of charge, that software tools should be usable by people in their local language and despite any disabilities, and that people should have the freedom to customize and alter their software in whatever way they see fit.
You may download the .iso files for Ubuntu and acquire documentation, from our mirror here.
Windows 7 has several built-in tools to help with application compatibility and Windows XP applications should be installed directly on Windows 7. Windows XP Mode runs some older productivity applications that may not run otherwise on Windows 7.