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Linux stations Nymfe and Musa

The Nymfe* and Musa* stations are student stations in the PC hall and Linux classrooms (B011, B130, A219) running Ubuntu LTS OS. During the semester, the stations are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekdays. If someone is logged in at 8 p.m., the machine shuts down at 10 p.m. Nymfe01, Nymfe02 and Musa01 are the exception and run nonstop (except for the 5 o'clock reboot). Due to limited access to the FI network, the Nymfe* and Musa* machines can only be remotely connected to from the MU network (e.g. via an Aisa machine).

In addition to the usual remote access via SSH, you can also use remote access via VNC if needed.

You can also access the Windows home directory from Linux stations.

The current occupancy of the stations is shown on the room maps in the Faculty Administration.

You can also read about an earlier uncharacteristic problem we had with Nymphs, or about the installation of new Musa* stations in classroom B011.

Changing the language of the environment

Changing the language does not work in the GNOME graphical settings, but you need to change the environment variable LANG, which is set in the .bashrc file when you create an account.

So if we want to change the language to English, we change the line:

export LANG=cs_CZ.UTF-8


export LANG=en_US.UTF-8

To apply the changes, we need to log out and log in from the graphical session.

If you are missing support for a language, let us know.

Controlling the X.Org GUI from another machine

Warning. This method only works for sessions that use X.Org, and thus does not work in the new default session Ubuntu, which uses Wayland. To use x2x, you must use a suitable session, such as Ubuntu on xorg or Plasma (X11).

Using x2x you can control another Nymfe or Musa machine from your laptop (or some Linux station) (this can be a useful alternative to free-standing monitors):

  • log in to the Linux station in the graphics session, which will serve as a "secondary display"
  • find out the name of the display via echo $DISPLAY - most often it is :0, which we will assume below
  • from the other machine that will serve as the primary and whose keyboard and mouse you will control the other machine, log on to Nymph (or Musa):

    notebook$ ssh -Y xlogin@nymfeNN
    xlogin@nymfeNN$ x2x -to :0 -east
  • if all goes well, the command will sort of get stuck; if you then hover the mouse over the "eastern" edge of the laptop screen, the cursor should go to the secondary screen and you should be able to control the windows with both the mouse and the laptop keyboard

You can choose other locations based on cardinal directions, but this may not always work. In particular, if you have the Unity interface on your laptop (the default for Ubuntu), -west and the most natural -north cannot be used due to the presence of Gnome Shell's bars. For XMonad or if you have problems with maximized windows, you may still need to use -struts. Copying may also be a problem - try using the middle mouse button then. (No, transitively chaining several Nymphs in a row is probably not possible.)

Layout overview

  • PC hall - nymfe01-22, nymfe75-86
  • A219 - nymfe87-105
  • B130 - nymfe23-74
  • B011 - musa01-26



  • Six-core Intel® Core™ i5-8400 processor running at 2800 MHz (turbo 4000 MHz)
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 500 GB NVMe SSD


  • Intel® Core™ i5-11500 6-core (12-core) processor running at 2.7 GHz (Boost 4.6 GHz)
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • 512 GB NVMe SSD
  • 23.8", 1920x1080 monitor

Origin of names

The names Nymphe and Muse both come from Greek mythology:

  • Muse - goddess of art, daughter of the supreme god Zeus and goddess of memory Mnémosyne,
  • Nymphs - water, forest and mountain goddesses of the Greeks and Romans, similar to our fairies and rusalka.

Vojtěch Zamarovský: Gods and heroes of ancient myths