Prereading for beginners

Operating System

Just like your local computer, your Cloud computer has an Operating System, this being Linux, with a number of distributions (a.k.a versions) available: Debian, Ubuntu, Fedora, openSUSE and CentOS.

The Operating Systems are contained within Images,of which there are a number available for use. Find out more information via our Image catalogue here.

Note: Windows is not available within our official catalogue, however you may be able to access via your your institution. Learn more here.

Why are we highlighting this?

This is important to understand, so you know how to find instructions and/or troubleshoot problems you have. For example, you may wish to install a particular package or software on your Cloud Computer. To do this you would search ‘How to install [insert package name] on Linux’, which should (hopefully!) lead to the instructions you need.