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:!: This page is no longer maintained. Installation under andLinux using the special andLinux installation script is no longer supported (using the 'standard' installation method should still work). It is possible that the andLinux installation script no longer works for the latest versions of the tooling. Also, some of the information on this page may be out of date. The recommended way to install the tooling is to use a 'real' Linux distribution, possibly inside a virtual machine. See also the Chi/CIF Installation for instructions on how to install the Chi/CIF tooling.

Using the SE rack systems from Windows using andLinux

For Windows users, it is possible to use andLinux, “a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows 2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista; 32-bit versions only).”. This page describes how to use the Chi/CIF tooling on the SE rack systems using andLinux.

Installing andLinux

The first thing that needs to be done is installing andLinux. Browse to http://www.andlinux.org/downloads.php and download it. The tested version is Beta 1. However, if a newer stable version is available, that should also work. Choose the KDE version and not the minimal/XFCE version. The download is 653 MB. After the download is completed, start the setup program.

The installed version of andLinux (KDE version) requires about 4.5 GB of disc space. Since FAT32 partitions don't support files larger than 2 GB, you should install andLinux on a NTFS partition.

Some notes on the setup process. You may choose any settings you like during installation. The following settings have been tested, and are recommended:

  • Memory size for andlLinux: 256 MB (assuming at least 1 GB internal memory in your computer).
  • Enable sound: No sound.
  • How do you want to start andLinux: Start andLinux manually in a command prompt. This is the safest and most robust way of using andLinux.
  • How to access the Windows file system from andLinux: Using CoFS.
  • The folder to mount via CoFS: We recommend not sharing the entire C drive (C:\), as that may cause security issues. Instead, create a new directory somewhere on your Windows file system (for instance D:\andlinux) and enter that path. All files in that directory will be accessible by both Windows and Linux.
  • Select additional tasks:
    • Select the first two items: 'andLinux start script' and 'CoLunix console (FLTK)'.
    • Select a quick launch item for 'Konsole (KDE)', 'Kate (File editing)', and possibly 'Konqueror'. You may omit this, since you can start these programs by means of the KDE menu, which is automatically added.
    • Deselect the others items.

Further info:

  • When the 'TAP-Win32 Adapter V8 (coLinux)' driver is installed, answer 'Continue anyway' to the question regarding the fact that the driver is unsigned (has not passed the Window Logo testing).
  • Finish installation by restarting.
  • When the installation is finished you should have an additional network connection (Control Panel | Network Connections), called 'TAP-Colinux' with device name 'TAP-Win32 Adapter V8 (coLinux)'.
  • When your firewall asks you about allowing 'Xming X Server', allow/enable it.
    • For Windows Vista, you should disable the (Windows) firewall for the 'TAP-Colinux' network connection. For Windows XP this should not be required, but you may do so anyway. If you disable the firewall for the 'TAP-Colinux' network connection, the question about allowing the 'Xming X Server' will not appear. Note that you can disable the firewall at any time, even after the installation is completed and the question about allowing 'Xming X Server' has been asked and answered.
      • If you have the Windows Firewall enabled, do this:
        • From the Start Menu, open the Control Panel.
        • From the Control Panel, choose 'Allow a program through Windows Firewall' (Windows Vista, default view, under the 'Security' section), or open 'Windows Firewall' (Windows XP/Vista, classic view).
        • Open the 'Advanced' tab.
        • Find the 'TAB-Colinux' network adapter in the list and uncheck it.
        • Close the window by using the OK button.
      • If you have another firewall enabled, please consult the information for that firewall on how to disable the firewall for a specific network connection.

Starting andLinux

  • Start andLinux. If you chose 'start andLinux manually in a command prompt' during installation, you can start andLinux by using the 'Start andLinux' shortcut. By default this shortcut is installed onto your Desktop. If not, you can find it in the Start Menu.
  • When andLinux is starting it sets up a network connection (which may be shown by a network icon in the system tray) to the virual 'TAP-Colinux network'. When this network connection has been succesfully setup, the network icon disappears from the system tray. After that, the andLinux system continues booting. You should wait for andLinux to be fully started. The starting process can be monitored by means of the andLinux Console (FLTK), which can be started by means of the shortcut on your desktop. Booting is finished when you get the 'andLinux login:' message. When the TAP-Colinux network connection cannot be setup, the network icon remains visible in the system tray with status 'network cable unplugged'.

Accessing your files

  • Start Konqueror (from the KDE Menu). The first time you do this it may take several seconds before the Konqueror window appears.
  • In the address bar enter: `sftp:<USERNAME>@serack-<NUMBER>.se.wtb.tue.nl` (without the quotes) and press the <ENTER> key. * <USERNAME> should be replaced by your own user name. * <NUMBER> should be replaced by an integer number in the range [70, …, 77]. * If your user name is 'abc' (without the quotes) and you have chosen 71 as the number, you should enter `sftp:abc@serack-71.se.wtb.tue.nl` (without the quotes) in the address bar.
    • For students: your user name should be TUE+s123456 (=student ID number).
  • A window will appear with information like this: “The identity of the remote host 'serack-… (…)' could not be verified. The host's key fingerprint is … Would you like to accept the host's key and connect anyway?”. You should approve this.
  • You will be prompted for your password. Follow the instructions on screen.
  • Your home directory will appear. You can use this folder to store your files, like for instance the models you want to simulate. You can create new files here. Also, you can click on existing items to open them in the associated editor (Kate by default).

Using the tooling

  • Open a Konsole window (from the KDE Menu).
  • Enter `ssh -X <USERNAME>@serack-<NUMBER>.se.wtb.tue.nl` (without the quotes). Just as in the above 'Accessing your files' section, replace <USERNAME> and <NUMBER> with the correct data. Note that the -X switch is required if you wish to see plots during simulation.
  • You may be asked to confirm the authenticity of the host. Enter `yes` (without the quotes) and press the <ENTER> key.
  • You will be prompted for your password. Enter it and press the <ENTER> key.
  • You will now be in your home directory.
  • Set up the tooling by using toolselect. Students for the 4C650 course don't need the 'timed-c-simulator', but the 'chinetics' tooling. Please select the most recent version. Note that toolselect list chinetics shows the available versions unsorted.
  • You can now use the Chi/CIF tooling (including chi2hybsim, simhyb, cifc and simcif).

Closing andLinux

To close andLinux:

  • Close all Linux applications (Konsole windows, Konqueror windows or whatever Linux application windows you have open).
  • Stop the andLinux kernel. In case you chose ‘start andLinux manually in a command prompt’ during installation, you can stop the andLinux kernel by closing the (usually minimized) 'andServer (coLinux)' command prompt window, which you started by opening the 'Start andLinux' shortcut.

Kate/Kwrite editors

The KDE version of andLinux contains (among others) the Kate and KWrite editors. For additional information, see:

sesystems/using_the_se_racks_from_windows_using_andlinux.txt · Last modified: Wednesday, 04 May 2011 : 11:34:18 by dhendriks