Open Computing at Plymouth University

This page lists free and open-source computing resources, with a particular focus on staff and students at Plymouth University, UK.

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Linux on work machines

The university's preferred solution is that you run Linux as a virtual machine inside their normal Windows install on university-owned machines. They provide instructions on how to do this. In some cases, you may prefer or require direct (e.g. dual-boot) access to Linux. Obvious examples in psychology include: (a) neuroscience analysis on laptops (VMs are too memory-hungry and laptops too low in memory for this to be viable), (b) in a desktop machine, anything requiring direct access to the GPU. This is demonstrably possible, and permissible on a case-by-case basis (Profs. Rod Sheaff and Andy Wills are among current staff doing this)

Things to note:

Printing from Linux

You'll need to know the IP address of the printer you wish to print to, plus the make and model of the printer, so you can select the correct driver. Some known printers: UPDATE: Rod Sheaff has kindly put together these updated instructions for printing from a wired, or wireless, connection. They worked for him, I haven't had a chance to test them yet. If you hit problems, let me know.

Email and calendar

These instructions cover how to set up the Evolution email/calendar sofware to access Office365 email and calendars at Plymouth University. Alternatively, these instructions cover the same thing for Thunderbird. Alternatively, use the web interface, which works well on Linux.

Internet access

Learning resources

Useful scripts