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MCS software for Linux

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

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. Instead, all applications are listed alphabetically in the Supported or Unsupported groups. Users can filter the applications by MCS menu category.

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.

Applications listed in the Unsupported part of the Dashboard are not supported by University Information Services and may not be updated when new versions become available. Unsupported applications are denoted with [3]. If you wish an application to be upgraded – and therefore become Supported – please request this during the request and upgrade period.

[1] Unsupported application

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


Archive Manager [3]
Character Map [3]
Disks [3]
Display filespace quota
Display printer credit
Document Viewer
eCredit Add credit to print balance
Files [1]
Font Viewer
Help [1]
iPython 1.21
iPython 3 [1]
K3b 2.0.2
Onboard Onboard Settings
Screenshot [1]
Security & Privacy
Time & Date [1]

Database packages

All applications are listed alphabetically below:

GDAL 1.10.1 run from command line
KBibTeX 0.4
LibreOffice Base 5.3

Email and messaging

Alpine 2.10
Evolution Mail and Calendar 3.10.4
Thunderbird Mail 24

Graphics and presentation

All applications are listed below alphabetically:

Blender 2.69
Document Viewer
GIMP Image Editor 2.8.10 GNU Image Manipulation Program
gscan2pdf 1.2.3 CL
ImageJ 1.48
ImageMagick (display Q16)
Image Viewer [1]
Inkscape Vector Graphics Editor 0.91-3 [1]
LibreOffice Draw 5.3
LibreOffice Impress 5.3
Shotwell Photo Manager [1]
Simple Scan [1]
XSane Image scanning program 0.998 CL

Multimedia and music

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.

Desktop Sharing [1]
Remmina Remote Desktop Client [1]
Transmission BitTorrent Client [1]

Programming and scripting

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

Android Studio 1.2.2 CL
Code::Blocks IDE 13.12 CL
Eclipse 4.4SR2 Mars R2
Geany 1.23.1
Glade Interface Designer 3.16.1 GUI Builder
GNU Emacs 24 24.3 GUI, Terminal
GNU Octave 3.2.4
iPython 1.2.1
iPython 3 1.2.1 [1]
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 8.1 CL
Perl 5.18.2 run from command line
Poly ML 5.2.1
Qt 4 Designer
rcs 5.9.2 run from command line
RStudio 0.99.903 [3]
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.

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 Development Kit 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 2.7 & 3.4 Numpy, Scipy libraries for both 2.+ & 3.+ versions
R Libraries

Spreadsheets, maths and statistics

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

EMACS Speaks Statistics 13.09-1 accessed through EMACS
Gaussian 09E.01
GaussView 5.0.9 Front end for Gaussian
GNU Octave 3.8.1
Gnuplot 4.6.4
LibreOffice Calc 5.3
LibreOffice Math 5.3
Maple 2017.1
Mathematica 11.1.1 [1] Colleges & UIS Rooms; [2] CH, CL, EC, GE, MA, PH
MATLAB 2017a [1] Colleges & UIS Rooms; [2] CL, EC, GE, MA
R 3.2.3
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.

Clustal X 2.1
Gromacs 5.1.2 MA
Hückel 2012-1005 CH
QGIS Browser 2.8.6
QGIS Desktop 2.8.6
VMD 1.9.3 Visual Molecular Dynamics

Unix shell

All applications are listed below alphabetically.

UXTerm [1]
XTerm 271

Web browsing

All applications are listed below alphabetically

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.

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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