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MCS Linux is based on Ubuntu. It uses the Unity interface to the GNOME desktop environment.

This page was last updated on 17 October 2019.

The look and feel of the desktop differs from what users will see in the MCS Windows and Macintosh environment. There is no menu structure based upon the application categories.

If you are a new Linux user, please read Using an MCS Linux PC.

The majority of applications are available everywhere without licence number restrictions, however, a few of the applications are site-specific where availability at a site is dependent on licence arrangements. Site codes are used where there is restricted availability of an application.

[1] Unsupported application

[2] Non-interactive; cannot be invoked from the menu


Application Version Comments
Archive Manager   [3]
Character Map   [3]
Disks   [3]
Disk Usage Analysis    
Display filespace quota    
Display printer credit    
Document Viewer    
eCredit   Add credit to print balance
Files   [1]
GNOME Colour Chooser    
Help   [1]
K3b 2.0.2  
Language support    
Power Statistics    
Screenshot   [1]

Database packages

All applications are listed alphabetically below:

Application Version Comments
GDAL 2.2.3 run from command line
KBibTeX 0.4  
LibreOffice Base  

Email and messaging

Application Version Comments
Alpine 2.10  
Evolution 3.10.4 Mail and Calendar
Thunderbird Mail 24  

Graphics and presentation

All applications are listed below alphabetically:

Application Version Comments
Blender 2.69  
Document Viewer    
GIMP 2.8.22 GNU Image Manipulation Program
gscan2pdf 1.2.3 CL
ImageJ 1.48  
Image Viewer   [1]
Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor 0.92.3 [1]
LibreOffice Draw  
LibreOffice Impress  
Shotwell   Photo Manager
Simple Scan   [1]
XSane Image scanning program 0.998 CL

Multimedia and music

Application Version Comments
Audacity 2.1.2  
Cheese   Webcam Booth
Clementine 1.2.0 [1], media player
K3b 2.0.2 GUI CD burning application
Rhythymbox Music Player   [1]
VLC Media Player 2.1.4  

Network tools

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

Application Version Comments
Remmina Remote Desktop Client   [1]
Transmission BitTorrent Client   [1]

Programming and scripting

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

Application Version Comments
Android Studio 1.2.2 CL
Code::Blocks IDE 13.12 CL
Eclipse 4.4SR2 Mars R2
Geany 1.23.1  
Glade 3.16.1 Interface Designer - GUI Builder
GNU Emacs25 24.3 GUI, Terminal
GNU Octave 3.2.4  
IntelliJ IDEA Community Edition 2017.1.4 CL
jEdit 5.1.0  
Kate 4.4.13 programming text editor
KDbg 2.5.4 KDE GUI for gdb
Moscow ML 2.10.1  
Netbeans IDE 10.0 CL, Apache NetBeans IDE 10.0
Perl 5.18.2 run from command line
Poly ML 5.2.1  
Qt 4 Designer    
QT 5 Designer    
QT 5 Assistant    
QT 5 Linguist    
rcs 5.9.2 run from command line
RStudio 0.99.903  
sox 14.4.1 utility for manipulating sound files; run from command line
Standard ML of New Jersey 110.76 run from command line
subversion 1.8.8 utility for managing files; run from command line
SWI-Prolog 6.6.4 CL

Programming libraries and Software Developer Kits (SDKs)

The libraries available are invoked when compiling programming code. The software developer kit(s) are run from a command line prompt.

Library Version Comments
Android Platform Tools and SDK 24.3.3  
fftw3 3.3 [2]
gcc 4.8.2 gfortran, g++, gcc
GDAL 1.10.1 processes geospatial data
Java OpenJDK 8 OpenJDK versions supplied
Maven 3.0.5 software project manager, run from command line
NAG Fortran Compiler 6.0 [2]
NAG Fortran Library for gfortran Compiler   [2]
Prosper   LaTeX plugin - style sheet
Python 3.67 Matplotlib v2.1.1, Numpy 1.13.3, Pandas 0.22.0, Scipy 0.19.1 libraries ; Python 2.x has been removed due to end of life in early 2020
R Libraries    

Spreadsheets, maths and statistics

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

Application Version Comments
EMACS Speaks Statistics 13.09-1 accessed through EMACS
GaussView 5.0.9 Front end for Gaussian
GNU Octave 3.8.1  
Gnuplot 4.6.4  
LibreOffice Calc  
LibreOffice Math  
Mathematica 11.3.0 [1] Colleges & UIS Rooms; [2] CH, CL, EC, GE, MA, PH
MATLAB 2018a [1] Colleges & UIS Rooms; [2] CL, EC, GE, MA
R 3.4.4  
R Commander    

Teaching packages

Most of these applications are supported by the institution for whose use they are provided and may be available at specific sites only; or are freely available across the MCS; (see site codes at the bottom of this page). ">" indicates a directory heading.

Application Version Comments
Clustal X 2.1  
Hückel 2012-1005 CH
QGIS Browser 2.18.17 Las Palmas
QGIS Desktop 2.18.17 Las Palmas
ScapeToad   GE
VMD 1.9.3 Visual Molecular Dynamics

Unix shell

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

Application Version Comments
UXTerm   [1]
XTerm 271  

Web browsing

All applications are listed below alphabetically

Application Version Comments
Chromium Web Browser 45.0.2454 [1]
Firefox Web Browser 29  
Google Chrome   Chrome (beta), Chrome (unstable) also available
Zotero   can be installed by user for either Chromium or Firefox.

Word and text processing

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

Application Version Comments
Ghostscript 9.10 run from the command line
GNU Emacs 24 24.3 GUI, Terminal
jEdit 5.1.0  
Kate 4.8.5  
Kile 4:2.1.3  
LaTeX   TeX Live, Texmaker, TeXnic Centre, TeXstudio, TeXworks GUIs available; run from the command line
ledit 2.03 line editor, run from command line
LibreOffice Writer 5.3  
LyX [1]
NE 3.02 run from command line
Text Editor   [1] includes gedit,
Vim 2:7.4.052 run from command line


CH Department of Chemistry
CL Computer Laboratory
MA Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics
PH Department of Physics

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