Why would I want to use Unix?¶
Some people find Unix a preferable system to use over Windows.
It can also be useful to have skills in using multiple operating systems, especially when applying for a job.
What Unix version do we use?¶
After a long history running Sun Solaris on Sun hardware, we've now migrated to Ubuntu Linux. We use the latest LTS version when building a system, and upgrade before they reach end of life. So typically there are two different versions in use.
How do I get my Unix account created?¶
Usually it is created automatically.
However you will need to set up your password.
We have instructions for this here.
How do I log into Unix systems?¶
Most people would use a client like Putty to connect to a Unix host from a Windows PC. From a Mac the ssh command can be used in a Terminal window.
Undergraduates can also make use of the Linux desktops available in SW12 to access a Unix system.
What Unix hosts are available for my use?¶
Undergraduates and taught postgraduates get an account on raptor and staff and research postgraduates have an account on myrtle.