vLinux/Linux Information

Logging on to vLinux

NoMachine Web Client

You can access vLinux via a web browser by going to vlinux.humboldt.edu (Mozilla Firefox recommended) or by downloading and installing the NoMachine Enterprise client.
    •    Go to vlinux.humboldt.edu
    •    Log on using just your HSU username (e.g. abc123).
    •    Click ok to go through the tutorial (we recommend selecting fit to window).
Select fit to window button
    •    Once you see a desktop with icons, click OK on the Message of the Day pop-up to close it.
    •    To log out, click on the Applications Menu:
 Click log out button
    •    Click on the power icon at the top right-hand side of the Applications Menu:

    •    Click log out:

Select log out

NoMachine Enterprise Client

Instructions for downloading and configuring this client are outlined here:

Accessing your vLinux Home Directory Data from a Linux Lab Workstation

Logging on to vLinux to creates your vLinux home directory. You must log on to vLinux first before you can access your vLinux home directory from the Linux side of the dual boot Linux labs.

When logged on to a Linux lab workstation, you can access your vLinux home directory from the following location:

     /data/abc123 (where abc123 is your username).


All students start with 6GB of quota for their vLinux home directory.

While logged on to vLinux, you can check your quota by running the command:


To run the hsu-quota command at a Linux lab workstation, you will need to SSH to vLinux first.

When your vLinux home directory reaches 5GB of usage, you will begin to receive an email every morning notifying you that you’re almost at your quota limit.

Once you reach 6GB of data, you will no longer be able to write any data to your vLinux home directory or log on to vLinux graphically.

Resolving Quota Issues on Your Own

When you can't log into vLinux with NoMachine or from the web, you can SSH into vLinux from on or off campus using PuTTY or your preferred SSH client.
Command Line Method
ssh abc123@vlinux.humboldt.edu (where abc123 is your username).
Graphical Method
Use your favorite SFTP client like WinSCP, FileZilla, or CyberDuck to access your vLinux directory structure graphically.
Search for the largest files within your home directory and either back them up or delete them to free up space so you can log back on to vLinux.
More information can be found here:

Linux Lab Workstations

Linux lab workstation home directories are DELETED on reboot or logout (including the desktop).
Because of this, we strongly recommend changing directories to your /data/abc123 as soon as you begin working on the Linux side of the dual-boot labs.
Faculty shares can be found at /data/faculty_shares/

There are approximately 62 dual-boot Linux lab workstations on campus.


Room Number

Number of Stations

Harry Griffith Hall



Science D



Science D



Science D



Science D



Science D



Science D



Science D



Jenkins Hall



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