Workstations
Most offices have computers. If your office doesn't have a computer please send an email to help@math.mit.edu, call us at (617)2534995, or stop by 2170.
Generally, each faculty member or graduate student will have a Linux workstation available for use in his or her office or a nearby computer room. Currently, computers on the Math network are limited to Linux workstations. Please see us if you need to connect Windows or Mac OS machines on the Math network.
Linux workstations currently run Fedora operating system with the GNOME Desktop set as the default desktop environment. Once you type in your username and password you are presented with a graphical user environment that is similar to other commercial operating systems.
Users can login to any Linux workstation in the department using their username and password. Your files are stored on a central fileserver and are available from all machines. Given that the Math Department is primarily a Unixtype environment, reviewing the Unix tutorial might be useful.
Software
On any of the Math Department machines, you will find the following generally used programs.
Email:
 Terminal: Pine, mail
 Graphical: Thunderbird
Web Browsers:
Math Software:
Document Typesetting/Processing:
Document Display:
Program  Information  Links 

Pine  Text based email reader. From a terminal window type pine. 

Text based email reader. From a terminal type mail. 
mail manual page  
Thunderbird  Graphical email reader/composer. Found under Applications > Internet 
Thunderbird Support Page 
Firefox  State of the art graphical web browser. Found under Applications > Internet 
Firefox Support Page 
Chrome  Goolge's web browser  Chrome Support Page 
MATLAB  Technical computing software. Found under Math Department > MATLAB, or from a terminal type matlab. 
MATLAB Quick Start 
Mathematica  Technical computing software. Found under Math Department > Mathmatica, or from a terminal type mathematica For use on personal machines, faculty and staff can get Mathematica from the Department Computer Help Desk. Students can order a copy from MIT here(certificates required). 
Mathematica Learning Center 
Maple  Technical computing software. Found under Math Department > Maple, or from a terminal type maple or xmaple for the graphical interface. For use on personal machines, you can obtain a copy of maple from MIT here(certificates required). 
Maple Mastery(certificates required). 
R  Statistical Computing and Graphics. From a terminal, type R. 
An Introduction to R 
MAGMA  Computer algebra software. From a terminal, type magma. This software will only run on runge, hypatia, dwork, or archimedes. 
MAGMA Handbook 
LaTeX  A document preparation system.  LaTex Wikibook 
Kile  Integrated LaTeX environment.  The Kile Handbook 
TexStudio  Integrated LaTeX environment.  TexStudio User Manual 
TexMaker  Integrated LaTeX environment.  TexMaker User Manual 
okular  Transcendent PDF viewer.  
evince  A simple pdf/ps document viewer.  
xdvi  A dvi file viewer. 