OUCS provides a general-purpose computer running Debian GNU/Linux. This service is available to University members who have an Oxford account. However, people with card holder and virtual access University card status do not qualify for the Linux service.

The service is accessed using your Oxford username and password on secure login to linux.ox.ac.uk. A wide range of software is provided, but does not include any commercial programs. There is no mail delivery to the system, but mail clients like pine and mutt can be used to talk to Nexus. Personal web filestore can be accessed.

Before using a linux.ox.ac.uk account for the first time, it needs to be activated. To do this, visit the web-based account management interface and choose Activate shell account.

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