Machines also come in a variety of configurations, some with more memory, some with faster processors, and so on. For general use, most machines will be acceptable for most tasks. However, some tasks fit better with some machines than others. Here are some recommendations:
It is also possible to use X applications such as
from a NeXT, but you need to run
co-Xist and log into an
X server. We recommend
chasles. In general, however, for more intensive
applications it is better to use a Sun or an SGI.
riemannis a good SGI choice. A good choice for those who prefer Suns is
It is also possible to log in via modem.
gauss. However, the SPARC-10's
pluckerare certainly competitive.
cameron, ricci, euclidand
non-euclid. In particular,
cameronis vulnerable to overloading, so avoid it whenever possible.
In addition, the Center has two color printers, a wax printer which is lower cost and lower quality, and a high quality Tektronix printer.
More detailed information on printing is also available.
Visitors who feel comfortable with reading and writing tapes can check
out logical device names on various systems.
Others should consult the staff by writing
On SGI machines, a CD is automatically mounted as a unix file system
under the directory /CDROM as soon as the caddy is inserted in the
drive (provided the CD is in a recognizable format). To remove the
CD, use the
eject unix command. (Avoid ejecting the CD by
pressing the button on the CD drive. Doing so does not unmount the
filesystem. If you accidently eject the CD this way, just reinsert it
and use the
On the NeXT, an inserted CD is also automatically mounted as a
directory named in / according to the volume label. To eject the CD,
either drag the CD's directory icon to the recycler, or select
disk->eject in the Workspace menu. Be sure to log in on
the NeXT's console before you insert the CD, and as before, avoid
ejecting the CD manually if possible.
On the Suns, superuser privilege is needed to mount CD's so consult the staff.
On the Macs and PC's, CD use is usually fairly straight forward and intuitive. If you are having difficulty, consult the staff.
Created: Fri Sep 8 11:39:00 1995 --- Last modified: Thu Sep 4 15:15:03 1997