Policies for IT at the Department of Mathematics.

An overview of the policies governing the IT services provided by the department of Mathematics at the University of Oslo.

Operating systems

The Department of Mathematics supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux and MacOS on stationary machines. For laptops the only supported configuration on departmentally issued hardware is MacOS. Stationary machines are to be left powered on 24/7, also do not suspend the machine. However, the monitor should be set up to enter power save. Transitioning from stationaries to laptops can be requested, but budgeting and scheduled upgrades will limit the number of transitions that take place year over year.

Research data

Research data is mandated to be stored on central resources owned by the University of Oslo. Copies of the research data may be stored on portable devices when network access is limited or non-existent. Research data is not to be stored on personal devices.


Office hardware is just like office furniture in that it is provided by the department. The department offers either a stationary or a laptop. For stationaries the options are a Linux workstation or a Mac mini, for laptops the offer is a MacBook or if there are specific requirements, a MacBook Pro. If the hardware provided is insufficient, contact the sysadmin staff. A single 24" monitor is offered.

Moving offices

Upon moving offices, please contact the sysadmin staff as early as possible. Usually, hardware is bound to offices, not people, so we do not move hardware along with the user. If there is any hardware to be moved, the sysadmin staff is to be involved.

Personal equipment in offices

Personal equipment is not to be persistently located in offices. Personal items such as stationary computers, monitors, docking stations, and similar is not allowed in offices.

Published Oct. 12, 2016 10:32 AM - Last modified May 3, 2017 8:45 AM