Computing and Software Systems provides a drop-in Linux lab in UW1-320. The room is accessible through id card access to all CSS department students.

The CSS Linux Laboratory adjoins the Windows Laboratory and provides on-site and remote access to desktop and cluster Linux computing. The lab has 16 desktop workstations (Dell Optiplex 7010, 3.4GHz Intel i7-3770 , 16GB RAM, Ubuntu 14.04 Linux), with 12 deployed as individual desktop workstation and three configured to facilitate teamwork, with triple flat screen monitors and special furniture. The one remaining machine is housed in an "e-podium", along with a variety of audio-visual equipment, and connected to a ceiling-mounted data projector. The e-podium is used for seminars, tutorials, demonstrations, and group design reviews, as well as social activities sponsored by student organizations.

Linux Lab software includes:

  • A full GNU Compiler Collection installation
  • The KDE software development environment
  • Eclipse
  • Java JDK
  • A wide range of open source software, including GIMP, Xfig, Emacs, LaTeX, etc.
  • The Matlab numerical computing environment

Besides the computer and A/V equipment, the Linux Laboratory has a large white board and number of tables and comfortable chairs for group projects, discussions, homework, and quiet study.  The lab also has a small refrigerator and microwave, courtesy of the CSS program, for student use. Please follow the posted usage policy.

For more information about what software is installed and what the available hardware is please visit the UWB CSS Wiki Linux Lab page.

Logging in

To log-in, use your Seattle Campus UW NetID and password. If you do not have an UW NetID, you will need to obtain one before you can log-on to the workstations.

Contact the IS help desk in LB2-218 or visit the Get your UW NetID page.

Once you have obtained your UW NetID and are enrolled in a CSS class you will be automatically given access to the Linux lab machines. If you are still unable to connect send mail to specifying your name, your student ID number, and your UW NetID.

If accessing the machines from the internet, connect to them in the same manner as other uniform-access machines such as Dante. Use PuTTY (SSH) if connecting from Windows, SSH Secure Shell, or other SSH2 client to connect to them and run command-line programs or to transfer files.

The Network address to connect to the machines is:

If you wish to connect directly to a specific machine, use one of the hostnames. They are named from UW1-320-01 to UW1-320-15 (

The default interface in the lab is Gnome, but KDE is also an option if you prefer.

NOTE: you have a 4GB disk quota for you home directory. This is generally plenty for homework. To check your usage, type "du -s ~" at a shell prompt.

NOTE: Please do not turnoff or unplug the machines either from power or the network. They are multiple use and your fellow students will often be working remotely. Also, they are in a multi-node configuration and may be in use as a cluster of processors.

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