Category: Linux

Installation of the Polybox client on a private Ubuntu device

For 16.04 1. open a terminal 2. sudo -i 3. enter the root password 4. echo “deb /” >> /etc/apt/sources.list 5. wget “” 6. apt-key add ./Release.key 7. apt-get update 8. apt-get install polybox-client 9. use the search function to search for the polybox client 10. your default browser will open with the polybox homepage. sign in with your eth user and click on authorize.   For 18.04 1. open a terminal 2. sudo […]

Ultimate X-Forwarding Guide

This guide aims to illustrate different possibilities on how to X-Forward an x11 application to either a Windows, OSX or Linux client. Windows Cygwin 1. Create a Ticket at your IT Support Contact and ask them to install Cygwin and an automatic Update Job for its packages on your Windows client. (You can ask them to install it over the network with Baramundi) 2. Start an Cygwin64 Terminal. (Start Menu or C:\cygwin64\cygwin.bat or in a […]

Connect to WLAN (eth/eth-5/eduroam/eduroam-5)

1. Open a terminal, type nm-connection-editor and hit enter 2. Click on the + Symbol 3. Choose Connection Type Wi-Fi 4. Make sure the option All users may connect to this network is UNCHECKED!!!     5. Enter the SSID that you want to connect to and choose an interface(Device) 6. Copy the following settings except the login credentials

Connect to RDS from a self managed Ubuntu laptop

The working package of xfreerdp is available in a repository on our server in order to connect to it you need to connect to your associated VPZ over VPN.   Please follow the instructions in the post “Installing Cisco AnyConnect Client Linux” to install the VPN client.   Example to connect to mtec VPZ(substitute mtec with your associated VPZ): Connect to: Username: $ Password: “Your VPN/WLAN password” If you are not permitted to initialize […]

Installing Cisco AnyConnect Client

Open firefox and head to To login use you network credentials: $ and your network password (Used for VPN and WLAN). Replace $Username with your ETH account name. Click on start now and download for Linux. Choose save file. Open Terminal. Head to the location where you saved the file. Execute the bash script(type sudo bash ./anyconnect-linux then press tab and enter).          

Configure Thunderbird to use the ETH-Mailservice and the ETH-Calender

Configure Thunderbird to use the ETH-Mailservice Start thunderbird Enter your Data as followed. Then click on (Next / Weiter) Configure the Server settings. Then click on (Fertig / Finish) Configure Thunderbird to use the ETH-Addressbook The ETH-Adressbook can be used in Thunderbird. Here is how it is configured. Start thunderbird Click on: (Adressbuch / Addressbook) Click on :  Datei > Neu > LDAP-Verzeichnis                 or: File > New > LDAP-Directory Enter the following values: Name: […]

Connecting to the ETH Home-Directory and ETH Group-Shares

Connecting to the ETH Home-Directory Instruction for a managed Ubuntu Desktop Computer On most of the Ubuntu-Linux Desktop-Computers, your ETH Home-Directory is directly connected and mounted to /home/YOUR-USERNAME You can access the Files with the nautilus File-Manager:     If your Homedirectory is not mounted, you can mount it manually with this command: mkdir -p /mnt/homedir mount.cifs -o ‘user=YOURUSERNAME,gid=domain users,‘ // /mnt/homedir       Instruction for a self-managed Linux Computer You have to be […]

Login information

Login To login on a Ubuntu Linux Machine you can use your domain account. The only requirements to log in is that your user account is in a permitted domain group and the ubuntu linux computer is managed by ETH. If this is not the case, you can contact us. Long time logins Once you initialize a session, the authentication credentials are automatically requested. There is a configuration in place to renew these credentials. The […]


Applications Compatible Applications There are a lot of applications for Ubuntu. This list shows Applications that are compatible to Ubuntu Bionic 18.04: List of Ubuntu Applications  Special Applications Special Applications can be ordered in the IT-Shop. The IT Shop is a centralised portal that allows ETH members to obtain Self service IT and management services. These include on the one hand IT products such as software licences, print credit and other IT services such document storage, […]

Office Applications

Libre Office Libre Office is an office application suite similar to Microsoft Office. It is installed on a Linux-Desktop-Maschines. Libre Office Writer Editing Text Libre Office Calc Editing Spreadsheets Impress Editing Presentations Base Editing Databases Draw Editing Shapes, Figures and Pdf Documents. Math Editing Math Formulas Documentation in English: Libre Office Documentation Documentation in German: Libre Office Dokumentation   Latex LaTeX is a high-quality typesetting system. If you would like to have Latex installed on […]

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