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Old 02-04-2008, 03:56 PM   #1
Zxarr
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Nomachine NX and GAIM / Pidgin


I am using Nomachine NX (The free one that is downloaded from the nomachine website) and it works well for remote desktop, and for windowed applications... What I am wondering is, if it's possible to use 'pidgin' alone, without bringing up the desktop.

If I place /usr/bin/pidgin in the custom command to run area of the client, pidgin appears, but doesn't work correctly. I realize it may be because of the little icon on the 'taskbar', but is there a work around for it? Other apps, like gedit, or the OpenOffice writer appear with no issues.

Anyone ever get pidgin to work with 'nx'?


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Old 02-04-2008, 08:59 PM   #2
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Not familiar with NX, but if you can start pidgin from a command line with -d option you get a ton of debugging information.

I just tried to start it on a remote PC over an X-enabled ssh connection. I got the login prompt after a couple of minutes, gave up waiting for the main window.

I've just been looking at available IM clients. I found pidgin quite temperamental. Gajim and gossip are alternatives worth a look if they have the features you want. Psi is good also but not so featureful.

EDIT: just tried again with pidgin after quitting the local copy (which had hidden itself in the system tray and was still running).

It segfaulted immediately with a request to submit a bug, which I might do.

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Old 02-04-2008, 09:51 PM   #3
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Hmmm, I just set up Pidgin to run in a window through NX and it's working fine for me. I know the current version of the NX client has issues with multiple monitors and floating window applications, but since you have gedit working that shouldn't be the case.
 
Old 02-04-2008, 10:08 PM   #4
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OK, just to prove me wrong (or maybe right about it being temperamental) I tried again (ssh -X to remote PC, run pidgin from prompt) and this time it works.
 
Old 02-04-2008, 10:25 PM   #5
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Funny,

I tried it at home (just now) and it works just fine. At work it's a dual monitor setup on XP. At home, it's just my laptop, running Fedora 8.

I'll have to try disabling my monitor at work and seeing what happens, but I can't leave it like that, I have a laptop with a small screen and a 20" LCD sitting next to it. I can't live without dual monitors at work!!

Thanks for the tips.
 
Old 02-04-2008, 11:35 PM   #6
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It's definitely the dual monitors. But I just tried on my home system with dual monitors and it worked fine. On the otherhand I had all sorts of issues with applications when I ran it on my triple monitor setup at work. This is supposed to be corrected once NX moves their client code to the last version of X.org code.

So definitely an NX quirk. I feel your pain about working with out dual monitors though, I can't live without them either!
 
Old 02-05-2008, 12:05 AM   #7
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Just thought of something.... If you are on windows you might be able to get pidgin working in a window by using Xming http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming It's a free Xserver for Windows.

The easiest way to use it with portable putty. When you run the xlaunch setup select multiple windows and you will get a floating window. It's not as fast as NX, but it will work on multiple monitors and is secure as it uses x-forwarding through ssh.

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Old 02-05-2008, 09:23 AM   #8
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It's definitely the dual monitors. But I just tried on my home system with dual monitors and it worked fine.
With that dual monitor setup, were you using Windows, Linux or Mac?

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On the otherhand I had all sorts of issues with applications when I ran it on my triple monitor setup at work. This is supposed to be corrected once NX moves their client code to the last version of X.org code.
I'll have to check out their page and see when that is. Sometimes I just forget about little things like that and go until my next re-install of the OS. Usually when a new version of Fedora, SUSE or Ubuntu come out.

Thanks for the reply.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 03:53 PM   #9
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It was a windows system that I tried on. I just tried the setup again from work and it didn't work on that system also an XP system with multi monitors. X-ming did work on that system though.
 
Old 02-05-2008, 09:54 PM   #10
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X-ming did work on that system though.
I installed Xming during a meeting today, but didn't have much time to do anything with it. Someone was complaining (loudly and ignorantly) about external email not coming in. So I had to drop everything to make sure the mail came in. Turns out it was a confirmation email from some show at a casino, which was dumped by our spam filter. 'Sorry! You'll have to confirm your show at HOME. If you need the filter lifted, you'll have to talk to your manager."

I really need to stop complaining about users on forums.
 
  


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