Option: After you enter your Username (Engineering account ID), you can select the Session Type; we suggest KDE4 or Default. Click Session Type at the lower left corner of the Linux login screen (circled in the illustration below). If after you log in you do not like or did not get the window manager you expected, log out and start the Linux virtual machine again, and choose the Session Type before you log in.
Once logged in, you have access to essentially the same Linux environment that is available on a real, physical Linux workstation in the lab.
If you need to save files to a USB key, read the related USB Key page.
When you want to end the virtual Linux session, it is best to log out or shutdown, and then close the virtual machine window by clicking on the X in the upper right corner of the VMware windows.
Moving between Environments
Click inside the Linux window or press Ctrl + G to have the cursor in the Linux screen and respond to input.
To move from the Linux window back to Windows, press Ctrl +Alt.
If you want help using the virtual Linux environment, please see the consultant at the Engineering Help Desk in 1253 SC, 319-335-5055.