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Ubuntu on managed computer


On managed computers we install Ubuntu 12.04 LTS. Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is an operating system that will be supported for 5 years. This means that computers that are being installed in spring 2012 does not need to be reinstalled during the lifetime (in the theory).

The windows manager Unity

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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 availble software. There are search options as well.

To learn more about the software centre click here.

Monitor 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

3. Projector

There are also two different display modes to choose from when an additional monitor is available.

1. Extended display

2. Clone display

Ubuntu normaly automatically detects the mointors in use.

To learn more about configuring a display in Ubuntu click here


= Network Printers

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.

Local Printers

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