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Managed Linux Workstations

The managed Linux service provides a standardized Linux software image, which the Computer Officers can install onto suitable desktop hardware owned by research groups. A set of commonly used applications is provided and others can be added on request. The Computer Officers handle maintenance such as account management, installing security patches and upgrading the machines to newer versions of Linux.

We encourage all Linux users in the department to use this service as the Computer Officers are able to give a much higher level of support to managed machines.

The latest version of the image is based on Ubuntu 18.04 (Bionic Beaver). The previous version of the image was based on Ubuntu 16.04 (Xenial Xerus).

If you want to put a workstation onto the service please contact the helpdesk on

We have a list of frequently asked questions.

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