Supported Architectures and Operating Systems


  • Ubuntu Linux 12.04, 14.04
  • Please see LabstaffUbuntu for additional advice.

OSX/ Apple ( not officially supported )


Packages and support levels


package available support description
boinc Y User supported Grid Computing
open-mpi Y Y Grid Computing
ghostscript Y Y LaTex/PDF/PS/... document manipulation
gnome Y Y X desktop for unix
Y Y X windowing system for unix
Installation help
Y Y Unix system running on a windows box
UnxUtils Y Y Common set of unix utilities for windows
Maple Y N Tools for mathematics and modeling


package available support description
MySQL Y   MySQL database server
postgres Y Y Postgres database server


package available support description
gcc, g++ Y Y GNU Compiler Collection
  Y Y Native Compilers
perl Y Y Practical Extraction and Reporting Language
php Y Y PHP: Hypertext Processor
python Y Y Python programming language
ruby Y Y Ruby programming language
gdb Y Y GNU Debugger

Revision control

package available support CS Wiki description
CVS Y Y   Concurrent Revision Control System
Legacy revision control system, use subversion for new projects
subversion Y Y <click> Open Source Version Control System.
WebSVN Y Y   Web interface to department subversion repositories

Web Browsers

browser supported
Google Chrome N
Internet Explorer DONE
firefox DONE
safari Not Officially

Webserver packages and resources

package available support description
apache/httpd Y Y Apache webserver
trac Y Y software project management
Foswiki Y Y Enterprise Wiki

Unsupported but useful software

Visual Studio and other packages are available for free to current students from after third party status verification.

Windows 7 has some known issues but is available under the campus license agreement with the standard restrictions.

Contact labstaff if you have any questions about software packages or support provided.

-- JoeyArmstrong - 27 Feb 2009
-- StevenLindsey - 25 Sep 2014
-- PeterBailie - 02 Jun 2015
Topic revision: r29 - 02 Jun 2015, PeterBailie
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