Apr 18 – 22, 2016
DESY Zeuthen
Europe/Berlin timezone

DCD - Desktop Chromodynamics, or: Linux on DESY Desktops

Apr 18, 2016, 2:50 PM
Seminar room 3 (DESY Zeuthen)

Seminar room 3

DESY Zeuthen

Platanenallee 6, 15738 Zeuthen (near Berlin), Germany
End-User IT Services & Operating Systems End-user services and operating systems


Yves Kemp (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))


In recent years, DESY has discussed within IT and with users the Linux Desktop strategy.
This presentation will give insight why this discussion was necessary, which arguments came up, which solutions were implemented, and what the experience is after some months of running the latest "Ubuntu green desktop" at the Hamburg site, as well as its main features (and rationale behind):

  • Ubuntu LTS, support life limited to one year after availability of successor
  • Fully centrally managed (e.g. with puppet)
  • No root rights for users, but ability to install software from approved repositories
  • Local $HOME, but access to network filesystems where feasible
Length of presentation (minutes, max. 20) 15

Primary author

Yves Kemp (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))


Stephan Wiesand (Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DE))

Presentation materials