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Frequently Asked Questions about EECS Linux Workstations

"What distribution of Linux does EECS use?"

The EECS department currently uses a distribution called “Fedora”. We try to keep our installation of Fedora to be as similar to the one that you may download for yourself at We chose this distribution due to its similarity to an industry accepted version of Linux called “RedHat”.

"How do I reset my Linux desktop environment to the default settings?"

Log out of any Windows and Linux machines that you may be logged into.

You might want to copy down these instructions first!

Switch to a console (tty) terminal by pressing <Ctrl> + <Alt> + <F3>.

Enter your user name and password at the prompts.

Run the following commands at the prompt:

rm -rf ~/.c* ~/.d* ~/.font* ~/.g* ~/.k* ~/.mission-control ~/.p* ~/.local 
rm -rf ~/.metacity ~/.nautilus ~/.r* ~/.q* ~/.x* ~/.X* ~/.I*

Press <Alt> + <F2> to get back to X windows. You should be able to log in normally.

"How do I check my quota in Linux?"

Run the following command at a terminal prompt:


"I found a bug on the EECS Linux machines. What should I do?"

If you have come across an instability in our system, or programs begin behaving erratically, it is best to submit a help ticket at: (

"My question isn't on this list! What do I do now?"

General linux questions can be answered by talking to your TA or professor. Using the internet to search for answers is also very useful!

If your question specifically pertains to EECS Linux machines, please submit a help ticket. We can provide you with an answer in 48 hours on most issues.

linux_help.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/04 19:09 by dhageman