On a Linux system, there's - technically - no problem to install software in arbitrary location i. e. your HomeDirectory
On the other hand it might be a good idea to make prevalent software available in a central location.
If you tell us which software products you'd like to have installed centrally we will seriously check the possibilities.
This is what our current installation policy
- Local software installation (like Windows Local Admin) on ordinary LinuxDesktops (
lxg*) is technically not possible.
- Software distributed as Debian Packages can be requested. We will add it to our central software install lists and will be available on the Linux nodes overnight. This is the preferred way of software installation.
- Software without appropriate Debian packaging available or possible can be centrally installed in CvmFs (for currently available software see SoftwareInCvmfs).
Please take a look at the CvmFs topic for a list of available repositories and their maintainers.
- Software for utilization on the BatchFarm can be installed on
/lustre if nothing else is feasible. Please keep in mind that a multitude of small files will have a negative impact on the performance of the Lustre file-system and clean up obsolete stuff as soon as possible.