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Getting Started with UBUnix

UBUnix is an operating system using RedHat Enterprise Server Linux with academic software installed that you can connect to from a personal computing device.

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UBUnix is a legacy Linux based time-sharing environment similar to computing services offered before the popularity of personal computers and graphical user interfaces.  


UBUnix must be accessed through the Internet using terminal emulation programs such as PuTTY, ssh and sshfs; File Transfer Protocol programs such as SFTP, Fetch and FileZilla; and remote windowing software such as X-Win32 and X11.


UBUnix does not have a Graphical User Interface and requires familiarity with Linux commands through a command-line interface. Unless you have a specific and compelling reason to use UBUnix, we strongly suggest using popular personal computing alternatives with easy-to-use interfaces.


Information about UBUnix is primarily for people who are already knowledgeable with Linux and UNIX based time-sharing environments to document locally developed and configured UBUnix solutions and options.

Creating a Secure Connection to UB (for Off Campus)

UBUnix only accepts connections from non-UB (remote) locations by affiliated UB faculty, staff and students that are made using secure protocols.

Use Cisco AnyConnect for a Secure Connection

If you are off campus, download and install Cisco AnyConnect once, then run it each time you want to establish a secure connection in order to connect to UBUnix.

Logging Into UBUnix

Accessing UBfs Files from UBUnix

All files in UBFS can be accessed from UBunix:

  • cd  /ubfs to reach the top of the UBFS directory tree.
  • cd  /ubfs/myfiles/ to reach the top of myfiles space
  • cd  /ubfs/myfiles/1st_UBIT_LETTER/2nd_UBIT_LETTER/UBITName/ (where 1st_UBIT_LETTER and 2nd_UBIT_LETTER are the first and second letters of your UBITName) to reach your Myfiles space.
  • cd  /ubfs/collab to reach the top of the Collaboration (shared) directory tree.

Contact the UBIT Help Center

Have a UBITName? You may also use the UBIT Help Center Online (login required).

(xxx) xxx-xxxx
Use your email, if known