How to Use these Computers

Concept
These computers are meant as "anonymous" machines to be used to connect to your "home" servers (with telnet, ssh, a web browser, ...). They do not know about, much less distinguish between, single conference attendants.

Command line logins, and reading email with readers running remotely
In order to connect to your home machines, we wholeheartedly recommend using ssh in a terminal window. ssh will not only encrypt the remote login, it will also provide an encrypted tunnel for X11-based applications running at your home and displaying here, complete with setting up the DISPLAY environment variable accordingly. The drawback is that you need to have sshd installed on your home machine, which is not an option for our visitors from France ...

Failing that, you can use the traditional telnet command (and, for X11 apps, the usual DISPLAY / xhost limbo) for remote logins. Please note that these connections will not be encrypted.

We did not install S/Tel because of technical reasons (it needs a formal introduction of the hosts to each other by the sysadmins).

Reading mail via POP, IMAP, or SIMAP (with the reader running locally)
Please try using Netscape to do so. Yes, we are aware that Netscape does not quite adhere to the POP and IMAP standards and possibly works only flakily with other server software than Netscape's, but it seems to be the "mail reader" with the largest user base ... unfortunately. If you can't get it to work with your mail server (software), please contact us.

Setting the service (POP, IMAP, or SIMAP) and username to use is done in the Edit -> Preferences ... -> Mail & Groups -> Mail Server menu. Please note that if you switch from POP to (S)IMAP or vice versa, you need to restart Netscape for the change to take effect.

Browsing the web
Well, that's what we installed Netscape for ...