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

All of the software that is available in Linux cluster machines is available through the Linux timeshares. This includes all software listed on the Clusters Software page as well as the list of additional Linux software.

Accessing Linux Timeshares


  1. Open an SSH Tectia - Terminal session or an X-Win 32 session if you wish to do more than command line work.
  2. Click Quick Connect in the toolbar and type the following:
    Host Name:
    User Name: your Andrew userID
  3. Click Connect.
    Note: You may receive a prompt from your terminal application regarding connection keys. Select an option and click OK.
  4. When prompted, enter your Andrew password and press Enter. The Linux timeshare pool welcome message will appear.
  5. To end your session, click the Disconnect icon in the toolbar and then click Yes.


  1. Open a Terminal session.
  2. In the Terminal window, type the following command:
    ssh -X
    (where "userID" is your Andrew userID) and press Return.
  3. If this is your first time connecting to the Linux timeshare server, you may encounter a message similar to "The authenticity of host '' can't be established. Are you sure you want to continue connecting (yes/no)?" Type yes and press Return.
  4. When prompted, enter your password and press Return.
  5. The Linux timeshare pool welcome message will appear.
  6. Use UNIX commands to navigate and access the software.
  7. To end your session, type exit.

Using UNIX Commands

For details on commands you may use to access available Linux software once you've logged in to the timeshare pool, please see the UNIX Commands page.