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We will be using the Information Science Linux desktop in labs OBS 3.26/3.27 and North CAL for INFO202.

If you are reading this document from the Windows desktop then reboot and choose the 'Information Science Linux Desktop' option from the boot menu.  You can log in with your usual University username and password.

We are using Linux because:

* The performance is usually significantly better than the student desktop.  IDEs are extremely sensitive to storage latency due to the indexing required for the code completion features to operate.  We have optimised this environment to reduce as much of this latency as possible while still allowing you to store your files on a comparatively slow file server.

* We have more control over the software.  We often need to make changes to software during the semester and it can take a long time to go through ITS to make these changes happen in the Windows student desktop.

One downside of using our own Linux desktop is that you currently only have access to it from labs OBS 3.26/3.27 and North CAL.  This is why we get you to install everything that you need on your own computers.  As a last resort, we do have versions of everything that you need installed in the Windows student desktop, but you should consider this to be a last resort since the performance is not great.  There is some information in the reference section of the document that describes how to access the software in the student desktop if you need to.

Take a couple of minutes to read the 'Lab Information' document on your desktop to refamiliarise yourself with the Linux environment.  Pay particular attention to the following sections since they contain information that you should be aware of:

* Home Folder
* Accessing your H: Drive
* Printing