You can connect to Teaching Labs using SSH (secure shell). This allows you to log into your account without a graphical interface. This is particularly useful to accomplish tasks such as setting your password, resetting KDE (ex: run kdedefaults ), or quickly reading your email using "alpine". SSH is also useful for transfering your files using an SFTP program.

To use SSH from a windows machine you need to use an SSH client and connect to "" OpenSSH lists a number of windows SSH clients. At the Teaching Labs we have had the best experience using Putty. Alternative proprietary programs are available for free download, such as Tunnelier, which includes a file transfer client.

To use SSH from a unix, linux or Mac OS X computer, you probably already have a command-line SSH client. Type the following in a terminal window (substitute your Teaching Labs User Name for username): ssh

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