Troy Dawson mengumumkan ketersediaan rilis alpha pertama Scientific Linux 6.1, distribusi yang dikembangkan dari kode sumber Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.1 dan diperkuat dengan tambahan aplikasi ekstra yang bermanfaat di lingkungan akademik:
The first alpha for Scientific Linux 6.1 has been released. This release has all the new updated packages from the upstream vendors (TUV) update 1. It will install, and it appears to work, but no major testing has been done. Changes from 6.0 (in addition to TUV changes): Shawn Thompson created a whole new graphical theme for Scientific Linux 6 called ‘Edge Of Space’; we pulled the fastbugs and testing repositories out of the repository file, they are now in their own RPM called yum-conf-sl-other – this is done to fix the problem of people checking the fastbugs during the install.