Obtaining an Athena Workstation consists of these three primary steps:
IS&T limits its full support to the current recommended desktop configurations. Support for other configurations is available on a best-effort basis. Some hardware configurations may be incompatible with Athena. For more information, see: Q: What are the hardware requirements for installing Debathena?
Hardware support is limited to assistance with configuration and software installation issues. Physical set-up and delivery of the hardware is the customer's responsibility. We provide warranty repair service for our recommended desktop configurations through the Help Desk.
Athena is available in different configurations called "metapackages". These metapackages provide different degrees of customization and come with varying levels of support. Currently, IS&T only offers full support for the following metapackages:
- Suitable for a desktop Athena workstation.
- Includes access to all Athena software
- Provides automatic security updates and bugfixes for the life of the operating system (approximately 18 months)
- You are responsible for upgrading the operating system and for initial workstation configuration
- Local file storage and local software installation is permitted
- Support for peripheral devices or non-standard hardware offered on a best-effort basis
- Remote access to the workstation is supported
- Suitable for an unattended public workstation
- Identical to the configuration of the public Athena clusters
- Includes access to all Athena software and provides automatic security updates and bugfixes as well as automatic operating system upgrades
- Local file storage and local software installation is not possible, as the hard drive may be reformatted during the upgrade process
- A wired Ethernet connection with a static IP address is required
- No support for peripheral devices or non-standard hardware
- Customization of the workstation is not possible
- Remote access to the workstation is not supported
For more information on these and additional metapackages, see: Q: Which Debathena metapackage should I install?
If the workstation in question is already running a current release of Ubuntu or Debian Linux, you should use the Debathena installation script. For instructions and to obtain the script, see Installing Debathena.
If you do not already have a current release of Ubuntu or Debian Linux, we recommend you use our PXE network-based installer. For more instructions, see Installing Debathena via PXE.