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Supported Operating Systems

What is an Operating System?

An operating system is a software that communicates with computer hardware and other software programs. All computers, tablets, and smartphones have an operating system.

Why is it important to run an up-to-date Operating System?

Computers are constantly under attack by malicious actors such as hackers, viruses or malicious software. Running an out-of-date operating system poses a serious threat to CSUN because it gives malicious actors an opportunity to exploit the vulnerabilities (weakness) in an unpatched operating system. An out-of-date operating system may also prevent legitimate software such as Antivirus from working properly. With the constant threat of computer attacks, the first line of defense is to run an up-to-date operating system.

To fix bugs or vulnerabilities in an operating system, vendors release fixes in the form of system updates and/or patches. The fixes include necessary changes to keep a system secure and to allow for safe operations.

How to check if your operating system is up-to-date and running the latest version?

Please refer to your operating system vendor documentation, vendor website, or visit the IT Help Center.

What should I do if my operating system isn't on the maintained list?

First, you should check with your vendor or support community to see if your operating system is supported. If they continue to release patches, that means your operating system is still supported by the vendor. Make sure your computer has the latest updates installed. If your operating system is unsupported, you should upgrade to a newer supported operating system. Contact the IT Help Center if your operating system is not on the Operating System Maintained List.

Computers running unsupported operating systems will be removed and blocked from CSUN network until it has been upgraded or replaced. The Information Security Office provides a list of supported operating systems and its end of support date.  

What about mobile devices?

Just like computers, mobile devices such as phones and tablets should run supported operating systems. Unfortunately, it is much more difficult to upgrade the software on these devices due to hardware limitations or carrier/manufacturer customization. Often, the only way to upgrade to a current version of the operating system is to purchase a new device.

For Apple products, verify that you are using an Apple device that is running the most current iOS version. Upgrade all devices that can support the latest iOS version. You should discontinue using any device that cannot support the latest iOS version. 

Android and Windows mobile devices have a list of current versions on their respective web pages. Update your devices if you do not have the latest available version installed. If your mobile device is no longer receiving updates from the vendor, then you should consider upgrading or purchase a new device that is supported by the vendor. In the event of major security updates for such a system, users may be advised to immediately discontinue use of any device that is not on the most current version.

Operating System Maintained List

Status List

Support Status 

Description 

Active This platform is sustained by CSUN, all machines will include this platform otherwise requested. 
UnsupportedCSUN is working its way from this platform. Platforms go into this status prior to the CSUN end date.
EOLCSUN no longer supports this platform, any software support will be dropped from maintaining this platform. 

Microsoft Windows 

Microsoft Windows
Microsoft Windows Operating System Latest Update or Service Pack CSUN Support Status Vendor Release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
Windows Desktop Windows 10*1909Active         12-Nov-1910-May-2210-May-22
 Windows 10* 1903Unsupported 21-May-198-Dec-208-Dec-20
 Windows 10*1809Unsupported 13-Nov-185-May-205-May-20
 Windows 10*1803Unsupported 30-Apr-1811- Oct-2011-Oct-20
 Windows 10*1709Unsupported 17-Oct-1714-Apr-2014-Apr-20
 Windows 10*1703EOL            5-Apr-178-Oct-198-Oct-19
 Windows 10*1607EOL            2-Aug-169-Apr-199-Apr-19
 Windows 10*1511EOL            10-Nov-154-Sep-194-Sep-19
 Windows 88.1EOL             25-Nov-1310-Jul-1810-Jul-18
 Windows 88EOL            26-Oct-1226-Oct-1212-Jan-16
 Windows 7SP1EOL          22-Feb-1114-Jan-2014-Jan-20
 Windows Vista SP2EOL            30-Jan-0711-Apr-1711-Apr-17
 Windows XPSP3EOL            21-Apr-0814-Apr-0914-Apr-09
 Microsoft MEMillennium EOL             12-Dec-0021-Dec-0321-Dec-03
 Microsoft Windows 2000SP1EOL            31-Jul-00Not applicable Not Applicable 
 Microsoft Windows 9898EOL             30-Jun-9930-Jun-0230-Jun-02
 Windows NT 4.0NT 4.0EOL            29-Jul-9631-Dec-0231-Dec-02
 Microsoft Windows CENET 4.2EOL             1-Jun-038-Jul-088-Jul-08
 Microsoft Windows CENet 4.1EOL            19-Oct-028-Jan-088-Jan-08
 Microsoft Windows CENET 4.0EOL            1-Apr-027-Oct-077-Oct-07
 Microsoft Windows 9595EOL            15-Aug-9531-Dec-0031-Dec-00
 Microsoft Windows 3.13.1EOL              3-Jan-9231-Dec-0131-Dec-01
Windows Server Windows Server 20192019Active         13-Nov-189-Jan-249-Jan-24
 Windows Server 20162016Active          12-Oct-1611-Jan-2211-Jan-22
 Windows server 2012 R22012 R2EOL             18-Oct-139-Jan-189-Jan-18
 Windows server 20122012EOL             4-Sep-129-Jan-189-Jan-18
 Windows server 2012 R22012 R2EOL             18-Oct-139-Jan-189-Jan-18
 Windows Server 20082008EOL             27-Feb-0813-Jan-1513-Jan-15
 Windows Server 2003 R22003 R2EOL             5-Mar-0613-Jul-1013-Jul-10
 Windows Server 20032003EOL             24-Apr-0313-Jul-1013-Jul-10
Any version of DOSAny Version   EOL               

*CSUN only utilizes Windows Education version. 

OS X/ MAC OS

OS X / MAC OS
OS X/ MAC OSOperating System Latest Update or Service Pack CSUN Support Status Vendor Release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
 macOS Catalina 10.15Active 7-Oct-19Nov 2022**Nov 2022**
 macOSx Mojave 10.14Active 24-Sep-18Nov 2021**Nov 2021**
 macOS High Sierra10.13Unsupported 25-Sep-17Nov 2020**Nov 2020**
 macOS Sierra 10.12EOL    20-Sep-16Nov 2019**Nov 2019**
 OS X El Capitan 10.11-10.11.6EOL    30-Sep-15Sep 2018**Sep 2018**
 macOS 9OS 9EOL    23-Oct-99***See Note *See note 
 macOS 8 and belowOS 8EOL    26-Jul-97***See Note *See Note 

*Apple does not release their End of Lifecycle dates, but provide security updates for the current release of mac OS along with the previous two releases. **Release dates are not from official Apple website. 

Red Hat Enterprise 

Red Hat Enterprise
Red Hat Enterprise Operating System Latest Update or Service Pack CSUN Support Status Vendor release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
 Red Hat 8Linux 8Active May 2019May 2029May 2029
 Red Hat Enterprise 7.1Linux 7Active 6-Aug-1930-Jun-2430-Jun-24
 Red Hat 6 Linux 6 Unsupported 6-Jun-1830-Nov-2030-Nov-20
 Red Hat 5 Linux 5Unsupported 16-Sep-1630-Nov-2030-Nov-20
 Red hat 4 and below Linux 4EOL   16-Feb-1129-Feb-1229-Feb-12

CentOS

CentOS
CentOSOperating System Latest Update or Service PackCSUN Support Status Vendor Release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
 CentOS 8 8Active     24-Sep-1931-May-2931-May-29
 CentOS 77Active      7-Jul-1430-Jun-2430-Jun-24
 CentOS 66 and below Unsupported 10-Jul-1130-Nov-2030-Nov-20

Fedora 

Fedora
Fedora Operating System Latest Update or Service Pack CSUN Support StatusVendor Release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
 Fedora 3131Active     29-Oct-19*See note *See note 
 Fedora 3030Active     30-Apr-19*See Note *See note 
 Fedora 2929EOL       30-Oct-1830-Nov-1930-Nov-19
 Fedora 2828 and below EOL      1-May-1828-May-1928-May-19

*Fedora has not released their End of Lifecycles dates. 

Ubuntu 

Ubuntu
Ubuntu Operating System Latest Update or Service Pack CSUN Support Status Vendor Release Date End of CSUN  Support Latest Vendor EOL Date
 Ubuntu 1919.10Active 17-Oct-19Jul 2020Jul 2020
 Ubuntu 1919.04Active 17-Oct-19Jan 2020Jan 2020
 Ubuntu 1818.04.3 LTSActive 8-Aug-19April 2028April 2028
 Ubuntu 1616.01.6 LTSActive 28-Feb-19April 2024April 2024
 Ubuntu 1414.04.6 LTSActive 7-Mar-19April 2022April 2022
 Ubuntu 1818.10 and below EOL  18-Oct-1818-Jul-1918-Jul-19
 Ubuntu 1212.04.5 LTS and below EOL 7-Aug-1428-Apr-1728-Apr-17

 Debian 

Debian
Debian Operating System Latest update or Service Pack CSUN Support StatusVendor Release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
 Debian 10 (Buster)Active     6-Jul-1920222022
 Debian 9 (Stretch)Unsupported 17-Jun-1720202020
 Debian 8 (Jessie) and belowEOL        26-Apr-1517-Jun-1817-Jun-18

Free BSD 

Free BSD
Free BSD Operating System Latest Update or Service PackCSUN Support Status Vendor Release Date End of CSUN Support Latest Vendor EOL Date 
 Free BSD12.1Active Nov 2019*See Note *See Note 
 Free BSD12.0Active Dec 2018*See Note*See Note 
 FreeBSD11.3Active Jul 2019*See Note *See note 
 Free BSD 10.4 and below EOL3-Oct-1731-Oct-1831-Oct-18

* FreeBSD has not released their End of Lifecycle Dates. 

Solaris

Solaris
Solaris Operating System Latest Update or Service Pack CSUN Support StatusVendor Release Date End of CSUN SupportLatest vendor EOL Date 
 Solaris 1111.4Active 28-Aug-18Nov 2034Nov 2034
 Solaris 1010Active 31-Jan-05Jan 2024Jan 2024
 Solaris 99 and below EOL  10-Jan-03Oct 2014Oct 2014

*Listed dates are not directly from the vendor.