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You have a unique “username”, which identifies you to the computer. You don’t get to make one up—somebody creates one for you.
If you’re lucky, and you’re the only person with your last name taking a computer class, then your login name will just be your last name. However, if more than one person has the same last name, then one of you will have some extra letters.
If your last name doesn’t work, try your last name and the first letter of your first name, or your last name with the initials from your first and middle names. Login names are limited to eight letters, so if your last name is long, try making it shorter.
For example, if your name is Barack Hussein Obama, you should try:
obama(just the last name)
obamab(last name and first initial)
obamaba(last name, part of first name)
obamabh(last name, first initial, middle initial)
On the other hand, if your last name is long, like Franklin Delano Roosevelt, try:
rooseve(last name truncated to seven letters)
roosevel(last name truncated to eight letters)
roosevef(last name truncated to seven letters, first initial)
roosevfd(last name truncated to six letters, first initial, middle initial)
If none of those work, send email to your instructor asking for your
login name, or ask a lab op on duty to
Your password is your CSU ID. It’s a nine-digit number starting with 8, with no dashes or other punctuation. You should change it. If you’ve taken a Computer Science class recently, you may still have a login left over from that class. If so, your password will still be whatever it was from that class.
You need to do your homework on one of the Computer Science Department computers. From that list, select a machine where its OS is Linux or Linux(64), and its USE is general.
Don’t pick the first computer in the list, because everybody is going to pick that one. Pick one whose name has some meaning to you—I use one whose name reminds me of my favorite comic-book character.
When you refer to a computer from that list, you must use its full
name. For example, if the computer’s name is
corn, you must refer
to it as
You don’t have to use the same computer every time. Your files are magically on all of the computers at once.
Once you log in, you should change your password using the
passwd command. Get a terminal window by typing Alt-F2,
and “Terminal”. When the prompt
appears, change your password like this:
You can read your mail with a web interface at
http://webmail.cs.colostate.edu, if you remember to do that,
or you can forward your mail to your non-CSU email address by creating
.forward file in your home directory:
echo "firstname.lastname@example.org" >~/.forward