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School of Computing Systems Support
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Offsite News Access
IntroductionThe University news system is available offsite to School of Computing users by connecting to your Unix account and then running a Unix news client. The following instructions should enable you to determine which Unix hosts are available to you, how to connect to the host from Windows and Linux/Unix based systems and finally how to start our recommended news reader (tin).
Determining your Unix hostYour Unix account will be on one of the following hosts:
- raptor - undergraduates
- swallow - MSc postgraduates
- myrtle - staff and research postgraduates
Connecting from offsiteFirstly you need to connect to the host from offsite, to do this you need to use a ssh (secure shell) client.
Windows users are advised to use Putty, local documentation is here.
Linux/Unix users should use ssh, this is likely to be preinstalled on your system. If it isn't please consult the documentation for your distribution as installing packages can vary for each vendor.
To connect to your Unix account enter the following:
If however the name on your local account does not match the account name at UKC do the following:
To read news
To read news enter the command "tin" - this is our recommended news client for Unix.
More information on tin can be found here.