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This Thursday, August 24th, your CS login password will change.  From that day forward, to log into a CS Linux system, you will use your Brown University login credentials.  For those of us whose "short id" (e.g. jbazik) is different from our CS logname (e.g. jsb), we will thenceforth use our short id ...

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***We're looking for early adopters who are interested in beta testing a Desktop installation of Debian Stretch on their office machine(s).***

If you use a Tstaff managed desktop in your office and are willing to help us dig out the bugs for this roll-out, please email  We'll coordinate ...

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CIS Networking Group is performing maintenance on the CS edge switches tomorrow, July 11th, between 5:30am to 6:30am.  Please expect network connectivity issues between the maintenance windows.

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Linux Security Reboot Rescheduled for this Thursday

The department-wide reboot of Linux desktop machines has now been rescheduled for Thursday, June 29th at 5am. That's tomorrow morning as of this writing.

The reboot had been originally been slated for this morning (Wednesday), but we canceled that after learning of a different set of problems that the kernel update would have introduced ...

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Linux Security Reboot This Wednesday (UPDATE: Canceled)

Tstaff will be rebooting most desktop machines on Wednesday of next week, June 28th, at 5am, in order to apply patches to both the Linux kernel and libc. (Note that we will not be upgrading the operating system from Debian 8 to Debian 9 at this time - that will come later.)

If you wish to ...

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Today's service downtime for mailing lists, time machine and ownCloud due to filesystem maintenance will be extended until noontime.  This post will be updated when service returns.

UPDATE: CIS restored file services a bit before 2pm today.  Mailing list services were restored at around 2:30pm.

UPDATE​​​​​​​: Time Mchine has been restored.

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We are aware of ongoing issues with the CS department website. The problem began shortly after midnight when both our main web servers got into an irregular state and had to be rebooted. Now parts of the website are back, but the home page itself ( refuses to load properly. Possibly other ...

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Max Salvas Retires After Thirty-Four Years

Today, a hand-crafted desktop machine with a Max Built logo is one of the CIT’s most familiar sights. They’re all the work of Senior Electronics Technician Max Salvas, who’s retiring next week after spending more than half his life with Brown CS. “Things looked a little different in 1983,” he says. In ...

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