Using Desktop Linux


To provide a Linux Desktop experience using methods that are relatively easy to ones that are advanced.

What to do

IMPORTANT: Connect to Seneca's Virtual Private Network (VPN) using GlobalProtect clients.

Find more troubleshooting information at the Student VPN FAQ or the Employee VPN FAQ.

There are three ways to connect to from a Linux Desktop:

  1. easy :: this method runs Desktop Linux from computers located on Seneca's campus.
  2. intermediate :: uses a Live Desktop Linux (Ubuntu) located on your computer.
  3. advanced :: uses Desktop Linux (Debian virtual machine) located on your computer.

Briefly, each of these methods involve the following additional steps.

I: Running on Seneca VirtualCommons

This method of running desktop Linux is, relatively speaking, the easiest of the three options and possibly the only one you need if you find the other two too difficult or you have hardware that does not support virtualization. Follow these instructions to run a live Linux Deskop (Knoppix) from Seneca VirtualCommons.

II: Live Linux in a VM on your local computer

This is the intermediate option to have Linux running on your local computer provided you have hardware that supports virtualization and have administrative privileges on your local computer. Next, Try Ubuntu live virtual machine (VM) on your local computer.

III: Graphical Desktop Linux on your local computer

Instructions to connect to using this method will be posted here, later this semester.

Last Updated: 2022-Feb-08 Tue 15:52