|Computer Science Lab |
The Computer Science Laboratory (aka UNIX-Lab) is located in Room 127 of the
Burchard Building and offers students access to almost 30 workstations running
NetBSD, a free, secure, and highly
portable UNIX-like operating system. These workstations all have an identical
configuration, containing all of the tools required by students to perform all
of their various tasks, including but not limited to webbrowsing, email, and
homework assignments. Each students
$HOME is mounted via NFS from
the main file server, allowing the users to access their profile from any of
the workstations. All of the machines in the CS-Lab allow remote access
through SSH under the common name
nimbus.cs.stevens.edu. The SSH
fingerprints for these machines are available in this
An idential machine named
shell.cs.stevens.edu is also available
to provide ssh access in case there is a problem with the multi-homed DNS for
All workstations consist of up to date hardware, which is upgraded at the very
least every 3 years. As of 2006-02-02, most machines are still based on x86
processors (AMD Athlons, mostly) with plans to upgrade to adm64 bit processors
over the coming year.
As part of the Department of Computer Science, the lab serves as the ideal
environment for students to work on their homework assignments -- through the
use of an Operating System that puts emphasis on portable and correct
implementations of the various open standards, students learn to write proper
code, while at the same time enjoying the benefits of a powerful UNIX-like
environment. Some of the software related to the various classes
offered at Stevens and otherwise is listed below:
- flex, lex
- bison, yacc
- f77, fort77, g77
- Sun JDK 1.3.1
- Sun JDK 1.4
- Sun JDK 1.5
|Various Scripting Languages
|Toolkits and APIs
Naturally, a lot more that just the software listed here is installed on the
machines, including all common UNIX tools such as the various shells, sed,
awk, emacs, vi etc. For a complete listing of all currently installed software
please see this page;
for a complete listing with longer descriptions, refer to this
In addition, we maintain a Linux server in order to accomodate Linux-specific
needs of faculty and students. This server also offers access to the PostgreSQL database, and is called
heineken. it runs a modified version of Debian GNU/Linux.
Finally, we have several desktop environments and window managers installed to
allow students to customize their environment to their personal preferences.
Below you will find a few screenshots, click on the image to view a larger
||This is just a screenshot of our XDM Login Manager,
sporting the BSD Daemon with the Stevens Logo.
||A desktop using the Blackbox
Window Manager, showing various xterms, one with
mutt, demonstrating nice threading.
||A gnome-session in action, showing the calendar, balsa's
initial dialog and a menu.
||Icewm showing the
Gimp and Acroread.
||KDE demonstrating how easy it is to view even MS PowerPoint
slides. Here we see the slides Dmitry
Sklyarov was arrested for presenting -- they are displayed using OpenOffice.org. In the background
is Konqueror, KWord and KSpread.
||A simple mwm screenshot
||A simple twm screenshot -- this is what the default
desktop looks like when a student logs in for the first time.
XEmacs as well as
a transparent rxvt.
Please see the CS IT web site
for details and additional documentation.