Computer Science Computer Labs

What Operating Systems are offered in the CS Labs?

The primary CS Lab (EPS 254 and EPS 259) has 18 Dell Precision T3620 Tower machines with 27" monitors (2540x1440 resolution).

The PCs are running:

  1. Windows 10 Enterprise 64-bit
  2. Fedora 26 x86_64 (Fedora 28 coming mid-May)

Most other public access computers the CS Department manages are also dual-boot with Windows 10 Enterprise and Fedora Linux. This includes  EPS348, and many of the research rooms.

How do I access the Windows side of the lab machines?

The UIT manages the MSU Domain and all MSU students are given an MSU domain account aka "netid". If you don't have your netid account information, please contact the ITC Help Desk at 994-1777 or visit the ITC Help Desk in the basement of the Renne Library. When logging in, make sure to use your netid username and password and ensure that the MSU Domain is selected.  With Windows 10 you may need to select "Switch User" and then preceed your username with "msu\".

How do I access the Linux side of the lab machines?

If the machine you want to use is already booted into Linux and displaying the graphical login screen, simply login using your netid just like with Windows.

If the machine is currently booted into Microsoft Windows 10, you can use the Windows login screen to restart the computer. After the BIOS screen flashes by a boot menu is presented. Just arrow up/down to Fedora and hit Enter. Windows is the default if no OS is selected from the boot menu.

What software is available on the Windows side of the lab machines?

Microsoft Office 2016, Visio, Project, Matlab, Python, Alice, and standard free programs like LibreOffice, GIMP, Inkscape, Blender, Firefox, VLC, etc.

What software is available on the Linux side of the lab machines?

Everything you should need for your classes as well as general purpose desktop software should already be installed on the lab machines. This includes a plethora of programming languages (PERL, Python, C, C++, Java, shell script, etc), integrated development environments (Netbeans and Eclipse), wiget sets (QT, jogl, swing, etc), and application software (LibreOffice, GIMP, Scribus, Inkscape, Blender, etc).

If there is any additional software that you need, please call (994-3931), stop by EPS262, or email sdowdle@montana.edu and put in a request.

Linux distro ISOs: ISOs for Fedora and various other Linux distributions are available over the LAN: http://img.cs.montana.edu/linux/