The current version of Cubbli Linux (Cubbli 20) is based mostly on Ubuntu 20.04. Cubbli 18, which is based on Ubuntu 18.04, is still getting security updates until April 2023 but will no longer receive software updates. If you wish to have the newest available software you should upgrade your Cubbli version (see link below). The next version of Cubbli, Cubbli 22, is most likely based on Ubuntu 22.04 and will be available in the autumn of 2022. 

Cubbli linux comes preconfigured to the University's environment, which means that accessing University's network services, like printers, file shares, virtual desktops, remote accessible Linux machines, High-performance computation (HPC) clusters and Virtual private networks (VPNs) should be easy.

If your own machine is using any other older Linux distribution, including older Cubbli Linux distributions, you should contact helpdesk to get an upgrade. In most situations the update can be done remotely and shouldn't take longer than 1-2 hours. 

Instructions for upgrading Cubbli yourself is found here


For seeing the version of a specific software installed in the computer, you can, for example (from the command line):

# list everything
$ dpkg -l

# check specific package, for example Zoom version
$ dpkg -l | grep zoom
ii  zoom                                                        5.9.3.1911                                         amd64        Zoom Cloud Meetings 

# check availability of a package with apt
$ apt list zoom
zoom/stable,stable,now 5.9.3.1911 amd64 [installed]




2021-09-06: R updated to version 4.4.1. R Studio updated to version 1.4.1717. Nextcloud updated to version 3.3.3.

2021-09-03: Updated sofware: atom-1.58, qgis-3.20.2, Zoom-5.7.31792.0820, Nextcloud 3.3.1, vmware-horizon-client 2106-8.3.0-1 

2021-06-07: Updated software: qgis 3.18.2, atom-1.57.0,  Zoom 5.6.20278.0524 and Nextcloud 3.2.2

2021-05-06: Updated irssi to irssi-1.2.3

2021-04-28: Short instructions to printing added to wiki. 

2021-04-19: Nvidia CUDA 11-3 has been installed.

2021-04-19: Qgis version 3.18.2

2021-04-15: Featherpad editor added to default applications. 

2021-04-13: Solaar version 1.0.4 supports Logitech lightspeed receivers in addition to Nano and Unified receivers. 

2021-04-12: Nextcloud upgraded to version 3.2.0

2021-04-06: Fix chromium browser problems by removing the snap package and installing deb-package instead. 

2021-04-06: Update Cinnamon Desktop to version 4.8.1 (supports non integer HIDPI scaling).

2021-04-06: Updates: Zoom 5.6.13632.0328, Cryptomator 1.5.14

2021-03-26: xournal++ added to default installation.

2021-03-26: No Machine clients updated to version 7.3.2.

2021-03-23: Some new instuctions for MS Teams users

2021-03-22: Qgis updated to version 3.18.1.

2021-03-18: melkinpaasi.cs.helsinki.fi remote accessible ssh host has been upgraded to Cubbli 20 / Ubuntu 20.04-

Matlab 2020b release 5 is now installed by default in Cubbli 20. 

Cubbli version 20 based on Ubuntu 20.04 is now in production use. 


2020-08-20: Zoom has been updated to version 5.2.446620.0816. SSO and GUI scaling bugs have been fixed. 
2020-07-20: Atom text editor updated to version 1.49.0.
2020-07-20: Rstudio updated to version 1.3.1056 
2020-07-20: Zoom has been updated to version 5.1.422789.0705
2020-07-20: Nodejs has been updated to version 12.18.2.
2020-07-20: R has been updated to version 3.6.3.
2020-07-06: Zoom desktop client updated yet again to version 5.1.418436.0628. Release notes here. 
2020-06-12: Zoom desktop client upgraded to version 5.0.418682.0603.
2020-06-01: Zoom desktop client upgraded to version 5.0.413237.0524.
2020-05-13: Fish shell has been added to defautl installations. Instructions about how to use other shells has been added to wiki. 
2020-05-12: File share \\ad.helsinki.fi\dept (Departments' own file servers) is now available from path /home/ad/dept.
2020-05-12: Zoom desktop client upgraded to version 5.0.399860.0429
2020-04-28: Zoom desktop client upgraded to version 5.0.398100.0427.
2020-04-24: Freesurfer 6.0 is available in VDI hosts and Pultti. 
2020-04-15: Added tig, surfraw and mstmp to default installation. 
2020-04-07: Stata updated to version 16. 
2020-03-26: Instructions for OneDrive access are now available.
2020-03-23: Zoom updated to version 3.5.361976.0301
2020-03-23: Rclone versio 1.51 added.
2020-03-20: New OpenVPN configuration options available.
2020-02-27: Matlab R2019b release 4.
2020-02-17: Zotero has been updated to version 5.0.82.
2020-01-29: Mendeley Desktop is now part of default installation. 
2020-01-27: Qgis has been updates to version 3.10.2 
2020-01-27: Putty and MS Teams added to default intallation. 
2020-01-14: R has been upgraded to version 3.6.2 and RStudio to version 1.2.5033.
2020-01-14: Nextcloud client has been updated to version 2.6.1
2020-01-14: ida2 command line tools for https://www.fairdata.fi/en/ have been installed.


Different Cubbli Linux flavors

Home Directories

In a perfect world users would have only one home directory. However, we aren't living in a perfect world:

Group Directories

Desktop

The desktop environments available be default include:

And also some windows managers which aren't available directly from the login screen. 

Dropbox, Google Chrome, Skype (MS beta package), Spotify local client and Open Broadcast Streaming (https://obsproject.com/) are available by default. 

Programming

We try to have all open source and freely available Linux programming languages and programming environments installed by default (this is why default Cubbli installation needs about 50G of disk space). The programming languages include GNU C, C++, Perl, Python,  OpenJDK, Oracle JDK, Haskell. Unlike in University's Windows environments, you are free to compile, install and run your own software (from your home directory). Nodejs, heroku and npm are installed. 

If we have missed some useful programming languages, environments or utilities, please contact helpdesk@helsinki.fi so that we know that it should be installed. 

NVidia CUDA drivers and programming environment with the NVIDIA CUDA® Deep Neural Network library is installed by default in Cubbli Linux hosts which have the required NVidia GPU (including VDI GPU hosts).

Scientific Software

Cubbli includes lots of software intended for scientific usage, including some commercially licensed software using University's licenses (this list is not complete). 

Some software packages are too large to be installed in the default installation, but are however packaged and configured to work with Cubbli Linux. These include:

Cubbli Linux is maintained by IT Center's IT for Science group.