Software for SFU Researchers¶
SFU has a campus license for Maple that covers faculty and staff at SFU. Students must purchase their own license. [Maple software download]
A wide range of other software packages are available through ITS.
Software for FASnet Workstations
Linux: your environment already set up for this. Run matlab or maple in any shell.
Windows: contact your school’s helpdesk if these are not already installed on your workstation.
For software not installed on your workstation, you can quickly load and run popular software from our collection of environment modules. See Quick Start: Environment Modules for details.
Linux: just run luatex, pdflatex, or any other command bundled with TeX Live.
Windows: contact your school’s helpdesk if you need TeX Live installed.
Contact us with your software request. Be sure to include a URL where we can find the software’s source code.
On RCG Ubuntu workstations, choose
Applications => Accessories => ownCloud Desktop Sync Client. Enter vault.sfu.ca when prompted for a server address.
There is also a command-line client. To use it in the same directory the graphical client uses:
mkdir ~/ownCloud owncloudcmd --user mysfuid ~/ownCloud https://vault.sfu.ca
You are free to install Dropbox on your own workstation. No root privileges are required. Instructions: Dropbox Headless Install via command line
Dropbox is not installed by default because:
Services like Dropbox make it easy to access the same files from anywhere, but they are not “enterprise grade” as they cannot be provisioned by SFU administrators, governed by SFU policies, or be integrated with SFU resources like your SFU Computing ID to enforce security and privacy.
TeamViewer and AnyDesk are only free for personal use, not academic use. Please see our remote access FAQ pages for other options:
If you have purchased a license for these products, the tarball version (not the RPM or .deb) can be run from your home directory without sudo privileges.
Sublime Text requires a license for continued use. If you have purchased a license, you can download and run it from your home directory without sudo privileges.
Free alternatives already installed on our Ubuntu workstations include vim, emacs, Atom, PyCharm, VSCode, and pluma (formerly known as gedit).
Adobe ceased all Linux development in 2014.
We cannot provide newer versions of Flash on Linux.
Adobe Reader works on CentOS 6 but fails on Ubuntu 16.04 due to SSSD, which we use to provide integration with campus Active Directory.
Please use one of the newer, more up-to-date PDF viewers already installed on your Ubuntu system:
- okular (with new annotation features)
If you absolutely must have access to Adobe Reader, use X forwarding to run it from another CentOS 6 host in your lab.