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Using a Linux Netbook to Access Stat Computers

Starting an Authentication Session to Access Statistics Printers

To use the Stat printers from a Linux Netbook connected to the wireless network, you must log in to the to the print authentication server and be authenticated as a valid user. This requires that a Secure Shell (SSH) session be opened to a CSL/Stat Print Authentication server. A Linux Netbook can be connected from a terminal window by executing the following command from within the window:

xterm -e ssh <yourID>@print-authgw.cs.wisc.edu

where yourID is your Stat department user ID.

With most versions of Linux, you can also create a Launcher that executes the specified command with a single click on the Launch icon. You will need to determine the correct way to create a Launcher, but once you do, you can name it something like:

PrintAuth

and then enter the following command to be executed (from a Terminal) on launch:

xterm -e ssh <yourID>@print-authgw.cs.wisc.edu

When launched, an SSH session will open asking for your Stat department password. Once you enter the password, a message will appear saying you are authenticated to the printing network and that the window can be hidden, but should not be disconnected or closed. You now have access to the print authentication network.

Accessing Linux Desk Server Applications from a Pull-Down Menu

The "Applications" pull-down menu gives Linux Netbook users direct access to many Linux applications. The pull-down can be started with a Secure Shell (SSH) session opened to a Statistics Desk server. A Linux Netbook can be connected from a terminal window by executing the following command from within the window:

xterm  -e ssh -Y <yourID>@<yourServer>.stat.wisc.edu "/p/stat/bin/Applications"

where yourID is your Stat department user ID and yourServer is the name of the Stat computer you want to work on.

With most versions of Linux, you can also create a Launcher that executes the specified command with a single click on the Launch icon. You will need to determine the correct way to create a Launcher, but once you do, you can name it something like:

XMenu

and then enter the following command to be executed (from a Terminal) on launch:

xterm  -e ssh -Y <yourID>@<yourServer>.stat.wisc.edu "/p/stat/bin/Applications"

When launched, an SSH session will open asking for your Stat department password. Once you enter the password, a pull-down menu will appear in the top-left of your window. You can then hide the SSH session, but it should not be disconnected or closed. You can then select applications from the pull-down "Applications" menu that will run on the specified server but be displayed on your Linux Netbook screen

Accessing Linux Desk Server Applications with a Simple X-Terminal Session

If you prefer using the command line to start Linux applications, you can use this simple X-Terminal option. You can get a similar X-Terminal by selecting one from the pull-down menu described above. The simple X-Teminal can be started with a Secure Shell (SSH) session opened to a Statistics Desk server. A Linux Netbook can be connected from a terminal window by executing the following command from within the window:

xterm -sb -sl 6000 -e ssh -Y <yourID>@<yourServer>.stat.wisc.edu

where yourID is your Stat department user ID and yourServer is the name of the Stat computer you want to work on.

With most versions of Linux, you can also create a Launcher that executes the specified command with a single click on the Launch icon. You will need to determine the correct way to create a Launcher, but once you do, you can name it something like:

XTerm

and then enter the following command to be executed (from a Terminal) on launch:

xterm -sb -sl 6000 -e ssh -Y <yourID>@<yourServer>.stat.wisc.edu

When launched, an SSH session will open asking for your Stat department password. Once you enter the password, the new X-terminal session window will open and be available for you to enter Linux commands on the command line. You can then hide the SSH session, but it should not be disconnected or closed.The -sb and -sl 6000 options provide a scroll bar function that saves up to 6000 lines of terminal history.

-- MikeRedmond - 26 Mar 2009

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