Software installations for Aalto Linux

On a personal research workstation or laptop, if you are marked as primary user of the machine, you can install software from Aalto repository with your normal user rights.

On public machines, it classrooms etc., please request additional software by E-Mail: [email protected]

On a personal research workstation or laptop, if you are marked as primary user of the machine, you can install software from Aalto repository with your normal user rights.

All Ubuntu repositories are mirrored there as well as many popular scientific applications.

The graphical tool software-center sometimes succeeds with searching and installing your software. Often you do have to use command line interface as it is more reliable, though.

Usage example:

  • search the exact name of the desired package, e.g. apt-cache search matlab or if you get too many packages you can filter the output, apt-cache search matlab | grep ^matlab
  • install the chosen package, dependenciespulled in automatically, e.g. pkcon install matlab2018a
  • there is an alternative to pkcon, see aptdcon 

If software needed is not available on Aalto repository, please contact [email protected]

If you need a custom build of your software and installation intructions suggest something like

./configure && make && sudo make install

please configure with install prefix you have write acces to!

Not /usr or the default of many projects, /usr/local -- instead,

cd && mkdir software && ./configure --prefix=${HOME}/software && make && make install

For even more special cases (needed libraries or compiler versions not compatible etc) also consult http://scicomp.aalto.fi

Related instructions

Printing in Aalto's Linux

A print queue called secureprintps has been added to Aalto University’s Ubuntu workstations and general servers (version 14.04 and later), which is the default printer on most computers. When you want to print something, select secureprintps from the printer menu.

Linux shell servers at Aalto

Aalto IT Services has several Linux servers available from the Internet with SSH. You can log in with your normal Aalto password or use SSH private key authentication.

Disk encryption (Aalto-Linux)

All Aalto Linux laptops are equipped with disk encryption that supports full-disk encryption.

This service is provided by:

IT Services

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