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DICE desktops and servers

DICE desktops and servers run Linux (either Ubuntu or Scientific Linux). They're managed by the School's computing staff.

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

  • We've put together a couple of short tutorials for you. To see them, first ⇒ login to Learn , then Self Enrol on "Introduction to DICE for Undergraduates" or "Introduction to DICE for Research students".
  • Linux courses contains links to various digital skills and training
  • 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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