Linux Timeshares-Computing Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Linux Timeshares

You can access a remote Linux session from any Windows or Apple computer using the steps below.

Available Software

The software that is available in a Linux computer lab is available through the Linux timeshares.

Access  Linux Timeshares


  1. Use SSH Tectia - Terminal.
  2. Click Quick Connect.
  3. Enter the following:
    Host Name:
    User Name: your Andrew userID
  4. Click Connect.
    Note: If prompted about connection keys, select an option and click OK.
  5. Enter your Andrew password and Enter
  6. Click the Disconnect icon and Yes to end your session.

NoteInstall X-Win 32 for more flexibility.


  1. Open Terminal.
  2. Type ssh -X ("userID" is your Andrew userID) and press  Return.
  3. If prompted with the message "The authenticity of host '' can't be established. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?" Type yes and press Return. 
  4. Enter your Andrew password and press Return.
  5. Use UNIX commands to navigate and access the software.
  6. Type exit to end your session.

Using UNIX Commands

See the UNIX Commands page for more information.