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NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 Readme

August 2020

This document contains the following important information about NI Linux RT System Image:

System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

Application Software Support

Installation Instructions

Product Security and Critical Updates

New Features

Supported Hardware and Software

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

Automating the Installation of NI Products

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

NI Linux RT System Image Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

Legal Information


System Requirements

Installing NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 should meet the requirements for LabVIEW and the LabVIEW Real-Time Module. Refer to the LabVIEW 2020 Platform Readme and LabVIEW 2020 Real-Time Module Readme for more information.

Supported Operating Systems

NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 supports the following operating systems:

  • Windows Server 2016/2012 R21/2008 R2 SP12
  • Windows 10/8.11/7 SP12
  • Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP12

1 NI software installs VC2015 Runtime and .NET 4.6.2. Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 require Microsoft updates to support these items. Refer to Microsoft KB2919442 and KB2919355 for more information about how to install these updates.

2 NI software is signed with a SHA-256 certificate. Windows 7 SP1, Windows Embedded Standard 7 SP1, and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 require Microsoft updates to support SHA-256. Refer to Microsoft KB3033929 for more information about how to install this security update.

Note  In 2016, NI dropped support for Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and installations of Windows 7 without any service packs. NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 will not install or run on an unsupported OS. You cannot deploy or distribute applications that use NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 to an unsupported OS. Additionally, after installing NI Linux RT System Image 20.5, you cannot use any installers built on this computer with any version of LabVIEW, LabWindows™/CVI™, NI TestStand™, or Measurement Studio on an unsupported OS.

For more information about the changes to our OS support for 2016, refer to Why Does My NI ADE Installer Fail on Windows XP/Vista and Windows Server 2003?.

Note  Support for Windows 32-bit operating systems may require disabling physical address extension (PAE). To learn how this might affect your system and what actions you might need to take, visit ni.com/r/PAESupport.

Application Software Support

NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 supports the following application software versions, including service packs.

Application SoftwareVersions Supported
LabVIEW LabVIEW 2020
LabVIEW 2019 SP1
LabVIEW NXG5.0

Installation Instructions

Complete the following steps to install NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 for use with LabVIEW. Refer to the Supported Hardware and Software section to confirm which software versions support your specific hardware devices.

  1. Install one of the supported versions of application software you will be using. Refer to Application Software Support for a list of which software versions NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 supports.
  2. Install NI Linux RT System Image 20.5.

Configuring RT Targets

Use NI MAX to configure RT targets and to install software and drivers on targets. You can install NI MAX from the NI Package Manager or the LabVIEW Platform media.

(Networked RT Targets) Refer to the Remote Systems book in the Measurement & Automation Explorer Help, available by selecting Help»MAX Help from MAX, for information about configuring networked RT targets.

Product Security and Critical Updates

Visit ni.com/security to view and subscribe to receive security notifications about NI products. Visit ni.com/critical-updates for information about critical updates from NI.

New Features

  • Added support for 20.5 Linux RT target driver software.

Supported Hardware and Software

Supported Software

  • NI Linux Real-Time Offline Installation Support 20.5

Supported Hardware

CompactDAQ Controller

  • cDAQ-9132
  • cDAQ-9133
  • cDAQ-9134
  • cDAQ-9135
  • cDAQ-9136
  • cDAQ-9137

CompactRIO Controller

  • cRIO-9030
  • cRIO-9031
  • cRIO-9032
  • cRIO-9033
  • cRIO-9034
  • cRIO-9035
  • cRIO-9035 Sync
  • cRIO-9036
  • cRIO-9037
  • cRIO-9038
  • cRIO-9039
  • cRIO-9039 Sync
  • cRIO-9040
  • cRIO-9041
  • cRIO-9042
  • cRIO-9043
  • cRIO-9045
  • cRIO-9046
  • cRIO-9047
  • cRIO-9048
  • cRIO-9048 (TPM)
  • cRIO-9049
  • cRIO-9053
  • cRIO-9054
  • cRIO-9055
  • cRIO-9056
  • cRIO-9057
  • cRIO-9058
  • cRIO-9063
  • cRIO-9064
  • cRIO-9065
  • cRIO-9066
  • cRIO-9067
  • cRIO-9068

CompactRIO Single-Board Controller

  • sbRIO-9607
  • sbRIO-9627
  • sbRIO-9637
  • sbRIO-9651
  • sbRIO-9603
  • sbRIO-9608
  • sbRIO-9609
  • sbRIO-9628
  • sbRIO-9629
  • sbRIO-9638

Academic

  • NI ELVIS RIO CM
  • NI ELVIS III

CompactRIO Chassis

  • NI 9147
  • NI 9149

Controller for FlexRIO

  • NI 7931
  • NI 7932
  • NI 7935

PXI Hardware

Refer to NI Linux Real-Time Operating System PXI Hardware Support for support information for your PXI hardware.

USRP Software Defined Radio Stand-Alone Device

  • USRP-2974

LabVIEW NXG Support and Considerations

The following sections detail considerations for using LabVIEW NXG 5.0 with NI Linux RT System Image 20.5.

LabVIEW NXG Operating Systems and System Requirements

Software support for LabVIEW NXG differs in the following ways:

  • System requirements—Only 64-bit (x64) processors are supported.
  • Operating system—Only 64-bit operating systems are supported. Refer to the Supported Operating Systems section for more information.

LabVIEW NXG Hardware Support

NI Linux RT System Image 20.5 supports the following devices in LabVIEW NXG 5.0

CompactRIO Controller

  • cRIO-9040
  • cRIO-9041
  • cRIO-9042
  • cRIO-9043
  • cRIO-9045
  • cRIO-9046
  • cRIO-9047
  • cRIO-9048
  • cRIO-9048 (TPM)
  • cRIO-9049
  • cRIO-9053
  • cRIO-9054
  • cRIO-9055
  • cRIO-9056
  • cRIO-9057
  • cRIO-9058

USRP Software Defined Radio Stand-Alone Device

  • USRP-2974

Automating the Installation of NI Products

You can automate the installation of most NI products using command-line arguments to suppress some or all of the installer user interface and dialog boxes.

If the NI product you are installing uses Microsoft .NET 4.6.2, the .NET installer may run before any NI software installs and may require a reboot before the installation of NI software begins. To avoid a .NET reboot, install .NET 4.6.2 separately before you install NI software.

For more information about automating the installation of NI products, refer to Automating an Installer in the NI Package Manager manual.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 10

Microsoft Windows 10 is the latest version of the Windows operating system and features significant changes compared to previous versions. Windows 10 introduces several new capabilities and also combines features from both Windows 7 and Windows 8. For more information about NI support for Windows 10, visit ni.com/windows10.

Using NI Software with Microsoft Windows 8.1

When you install NI software on Microsoft Windows 8.1, you will notice a few additional tiles in the Apps view, including shortcuts to NI application software products such as NI LabVIEW, Measurement & Automation Explorer (NI MAX), and NI Launcher. For more information about NI support for Windows 8.1, visit ni.com/windows8.

NI Linux RT System Image Drops Support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-Bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and All 32-Bit Windows Operating Systems in 2021

NI Linux RT System Image will drop support for Windows 7 (32- and 64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, and all 32-bit Windows operating systems starting in 2021. Versions of this product that ship after May 1, 2021, may not install or execute correctly on these operating systems. For detailed information about NI operating system support, visit ni.com/r/win32bitsupport.

For detailed information about NI application software product life cycles, visit ni.com/info and enter one of the following Info Codes:

Product Info Code
LabVIEWlifecycle
LabWindows/CVIcvi_lifecycle
Measurement Studiomstudiolifecycle
TestStandtslcp
DIAdemddlcp
SignalExpressselcp
VeriStandnivslifecycle

Legal Information

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End-User License Agreements and Third-Party Legal Notices

You can find end-user license agreements (EULAs) and third-party legal notices in the following locations after installation:

  • Notices are located in the <National Instruments>\_Legal Information and <National Instruments> directories.
  • EULAs are located in the <National Instruments>\Shared\MDF\Legal\license directory.
  • Review <National Instruments>\_Legal Information.txt for information on including legal information in installers built with NI products.

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Patents

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