Posted on October 28, 2017 2:23 pm
 |  Asked by Alex samad
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I’m wondering what people are using their Linux install for on their arista switches.


Also how am I supposed to update patch it. Is it done with the arista firmware or do i use yum and if so what repo’s



Posted by Sachin M Menon
Answered on October 28, 2017 2:58 pm

Hi Alex,

We wouldn’t recommend updating Linux on the switch since it might break some core functionalities of the EOS. However, we do support YUM for installing extensions on the switch. Please find the EOS central article for the same below:



Posted by Alexis Dacquay
Answered on October 30, 2017 9:08 am

You can use the underlying Linux for:

– write your own bash/python/Golang/ruby scripts

– DevOps tools like Ansible /Chef/puppet

– traffic gen/capture: iperf / ethxmit / tcpdump (tcpdump is also natively available via the EOS CLI)

– run your own management tools, like you might do for other Linux serves

– add extensions / other’s scripts / additional RPM (via YUM or manually)

– if you are familiar with Linux, manage it the same way (except whole system upgrade/updates). 

– add VMs or containers onto it

– …


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