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.
Except where noted, all resources on, or linked from, this page are licensed
under a Creative Commons
Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Linux @ work
It's easy to get Linux on your work machine at
Plymouth University. Just ring ext. 88588 and ask for help installing
Linux on your machine. That's it!
Things to note:
- Backup your machine before doing this!
- If your hard drive is big enough, consider setting up as
'dual-boot', which allows you choose between Linux and Windows each
time you restart.
- IT support won't support your machine in Linux mode, any problems
you have are your problems (but I can help).
- You may be asked to get the signature of a Senior Manager to
approve your request. I am one of those, so you can get
mine. Prof. Rod Sheaff is also happy to approve such requests.
- Don't leave it more than a few days without an email from ITS
before you ring them up again and check progress.
- ITS may ask you to provide the installation media. If so, I'm
happy to give you an Ubtuntu installation USB stick, for free. Just
pop round to my office (PSQ B230).
- Don't give up, if you hit problems (including problems with ITS)
just tell me and we'll get it unstuck together.
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:
- Portland Square Building: Room B222 (colour printing)
- Portland Villas (various locations)
- Host: see list
- Drivers: Imagerunner Linux drivers from
Canon UK (above list gives model numbers).
Rod Sheaff has kindly put together these updated instructions
for printing from a wired
, 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
cover how to set
up Thunderbird (other email clients are available, e.g. mutt,
Evolution) to access email and Office365 calendars at Plymouth
University. Alternatively, use the web interface, which largely works
- eduroam - WiFi for students, researchers, and educators
at 10,000s of hotspots in over 70 countries (including PU campus).
- Instructions for
- Instructions for Linux at Plymouth University.
- Virtual Private Network - Connect to the university's
private network from outside campus (useful for remote desktop).
- Bookshelf (vitalsource) - This is the eBook platform used
by Plymouth University. You can access it via the DLE (Moodle) by
the module page link 'Core textbooks'.
- Online use: The books can be read online using
open-software browsers (e.g. Firefox, Chromium).
- Linux download: The Bookshelf app is not supported
under Linux so you cannot download books, only view them
- Android download: The Bookshelf app is only available
via the Google Play Store (which is not open software).
- tscript - Flatten all PDFs in a
directory (useful for returning marked work in a way that students
can see comments whichever device they are using to view).