Ubuntu on managed computer
On managed computers we install Ubuntu 14.04 LTS. Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is an operating system that will be supported for 5 years. This means that computers that are being installed in spring 2015 does not need to be reinstalled during the lifetime (in the theory).
The windows manager Unity
Unity is Ubuntu's own windows manager based on Gnome 3. Unity can run in two modes, 3D and 2D.
3D mode only works with video cards that have sufficiently fast 3D performance and good enough drivers.
Ubuntu tries to automatically use 2D mode if necessary. To learn more about Unity click here
To install software, use the Ubuntu Software Center.
Ubuntu Software Center can be opened by pressing “ALT + F2” and typing “software centre”, and pressing enter.
In Ubuntu Software Center you will find available software. There are search options as well.
You can also install software directly in Terminal using sudo apt-get commands.
Monitor / Display settings
There are three different monitor configurations that are handy to know about.
1. Laptop / Laptop with additional monitor
2. Desktop / Desktop with additional monitor
There are also two different display modes to choose from when an additional monitor is available.
1. Extended display
2. Clone display
Ubuntu will normaly automatically detects the monitors in use.
1. Choose the function “print” in the program you are using.
2. Choose a printer (standard printer is pullprint).
3. Locate the printer and swipe your card.
It is possible to use local printers for some Ubuntu clients, mainly laptops, via CUPS’s administrator tools. This is a graphic tool that runs via the web browser, and can be reached by going to http://127.0.0.1:631.