Raven And Crow are the two machines run by OUCS to provide general-purpose Lin Ux service to users in Oxford University. They do so under the trading name linux.ox.ac.uk.
The nice thing about Raven And Crow is that they use Herald, the Oxford University email server, for authentication, so anyone with a Herald account (which is most people) can just log in and go, using their Herald username and password.
A minor obstable is the software you need to log in; telnet, which is installed on most computers, is not permitted, for security reasons. Instead, you need to use an SSH client. If you don't happen to have one of these installed, you would be stuffed, if it were not for your benevolent dictator, who, long ago, rigged up some Java applets to let people do SSH (grant the request for network access, refuse the request for disk access):
Of course, you'll need to have a java-capable browser to use these. Note that said tyrant didn't write these applets, he just set them up locally.
You might not be able to give the applet those permissions. In this case you would have to have hte applet hosted ont eh relevent machine, however it doesn't run a webserver. Also, have a look at putty. Far better <http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html>, doesn't need to be installed.
The only obstacle remaining after that is the actual use of UNIX!
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