Software Center

These instructions apply to the Windows computers covered by the university’s centralised administration.

Mac software
For a Mac in the centralised administration, users can install software themselves from the Managed Software Center (instructions here).

Cubbli software

You don't need root rights to install, compile or develop software. Software can be installed and run from your own home directory, including binary libraries and daemons. Most programming environments for scientific computing provide tools to manage library dependencies without any administrator rights (Python, R, nodejs and probably many others). If a installer or a compiled software tries to install itself by default to a system location (like /opt or /usr/local), just change the default (yes, you might need to read the manual). This has the added benefit that your development will survive operating system and machine upgrades and can be reproduces later when the original machine doesn't exist anymore. And you can have multiple different environments if you have multiple projects.

Are you looking for software applications you can install on your home computer? They can be found through the Download Centre (instructions).

Using Software Center

To launch Software Center on your computer:

  • Click the magnifying glass icon. Write software in the search field (1).
  • The search results will be displayed (2).
  • Click Software Center (3).
  •  The Software Center will launch. The image shows the Applications tab selected.
  • Click the application’s icon..
  • You will see the details of the selected application.
    • Section (1) shows a short description of the application.
    • Section (2) shows, among other things, the estimated installation time and information on whether you will need to restart your computer.
  • You can install the application by clicking Install (3).
  • The installation will begin.
  • The installation is complete. Some applications can be uninstalled by clicking Uninstall.
  • New applications are shown highlighted for a few days.
  • Later on, you can visit the Installation status tab (1) to view the applications that have been installed through Software Center. The Status field (2) shows if the installation has succeeded.
  • The settings under the Options have little practical significance to the end user. However, you can click Sync Policy to check if your computer has any new installations. The function is slow!

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