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This document explains how to log in to the Physics Department Unix computers from a home PC that is connected to the internet and is running windows, Apple (Mac) OS X, or Unix (Linux). It also explains how to transfer files. The Unix method can also be used to log in to another Unix machine from a Physics Department Unix computer.
There are three methods for accessing lab machines on campus with varying levels of functionality.
ssh) plus X11 forwarding to open windows on your home computer. With X11 forwarding you can use the mouse to interact with a window and you can have the lab machine open windows on your home computer. This method can be very sluggish for applications that do a lot of graphics and your network connection requires lots of hops to get from the lab machine to your home.