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Useful Software Available to Graduate Students

You will without doubt be spending a fair amount of time using the UNIX computers, so here are some simple hints. Use man -k topic to search for programs to accomplish your task. Use tkinfo to get information on the GNU installed tools.

Most students use vi, pico, jove or emacs as their text editors. The choice is a matter of personal habit and preference. Emacs is a more powerful editor, but jove is probably simpler to learn. Use the teachjove program to learn jove really fast.

There are at least two programs used by students here to prepare reports and theses. The older program is LaTeX and is the best choice for those without easy access to workstations. If you want to learn LaTeX, it's probably worthwhile investing in a copy of Leslie Lamport's book called LaTeX: A Document Preparation System (available at the university bookstore). Run tkinfo latex for on-line information. Another program that is commonly used is FrameMaker. To read the on-line FrameMaker Overview run maker then select HELP -> FrameMaker Overview.

Try StarOffice if you like the MS Office type of environment. StarOffice is a fully integrated productivity environment, including: spreadsheet, word processor, presentation, graphics, database, event planning, e-mail, and news reader applications . Checkout the FAQ /eecg/doc/staroffice.FAQ.

The Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary and Thesaurus is installed on the EECG system. The command line version is the only version tested. The Dictionary is accessed with the mweb command. The Thesaurus is accessed with the Thesaurus command. Checkout the FAQ /eecg/doc/mweb.FAQ.

The standard commands that are used daily are installed in system directories such as /bin /usr/bin /usr/sbin /local/bin .... There are some large applications that are installed on separate partitions. These applications will normally be found in /pkgs/. There is usually a file CSHRC in the application directory which can be added to the users .cshrc file in order to setup the proper paths and environment variables.

If you rather work in Windows, the University of Toronto has an affiliation with several windows based companies, including Microsoft, that provides free software to students. Everything from Visual Studio .NET to Windows XP is included in this package; however, some big ticket items are not free such as Microsoft Office. That being said, they are provided to students at a discount rate. See the following link for the list of software: As for details of other discounted software, please see: Often, professors are willing to fund students for certain software.

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Last updated June 2004