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Software installations for Aalto Linux

On public machines it classrooms etc request additional software by E-Mail, please: servicedesk@aalto.fi

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, contact servicedesk@aalto.fi please

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

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Please send only feedback about this instruction. If you have IT-related problems, please send a request to servicedesk@aalto.fi