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DICE desktops and servers run Linux (either Ubuntu or Scientific Linux). They're managed by the School's computing staff, using the School's machine configuration technology ⇒ LCFG.

Ubuntu release notes
Most DICE computers are being upgraded to Ubuntu Linux. When you try it, please check the release notes:
Login account
You will require a ⇒ DICE account before you can log in to a DICE desktop or server.
Home directories
Home directories on DICE machines are provided by the ⇒ Informatics AFS filesystem.
The Shell
DICE accounts require the use of bash as login shell. We've modified bash slightly: the ~/.bash* scripts have different names on DICE. If you wish to customise your shell with startup scripts, you should read ⇒ how the bash shell is configured under DICE.
External Storage
DICE machines support the connection of external storage such as USB hard drives or flash memory cards or sticks. Hot-pluggable devices are usually mounted automatically by GNOME but DICE also permits ⇒ USB mounting from the shell.

Other useful info

  • An introductory lecture on the DICE desktop is given at the start of the academic session.
  • Software on DICE explains how to find out what software we have and how to ask for more software to be installed.
  • If you go away for a while please ⇒ leave your DICE computer on - here's why.
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System Status

Home dirs (AFS)
Other services
University services
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