What Operating Systems are offered in the CS Labs?

The primary CS Lab (EPS 254 and EPS 259) has 18 Dell Optiplex 9010 MiniTower machines with 27" monitors (2540x1440 resolution).

The PCs are running:

  1. Windows 7 Enterprise 64-bit
  2. Fedora 24 x86_64

Most other public access computers the CS Department manages are also dual-boot with Windows 7 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 ITC manages the MSU Domain and all MSU students are given an MSU domain account. If you don't have your MSU domain 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 MSU Domain username and password and ensure that the MSU Domain is selected.  With Windows 7 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 esus username and password. Remember, usernames and passwords are case sensitive so you have to get them just perfect or they aren't going to work.

If you have trouble logging in, don't know your username and/or password, or your password has expired, please call (994-3931) or stop by EPS262 for help with account issues.

If the machine is currently booted into Microsoft Windows 7, 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 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/