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Old 10-01-2009, 05:01 AM   #1
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Need help in getting GUI using putty

Hi, am a newbie in linux, i recently bought a vps lite which has centos os and i have been able to connect to it using putty, trouble is i cant get the GUI, how do i do that?

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Old 10-01-2009, 05:07 AM   #2
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I don't think putty supports GUI. You can use VNC to view GUI
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What OS does the virtual private server run? What kind of server is it?

If you want to display a graphical Linux program remotely via ssh on a windows machine, you need to forward the X traffic (a putty setting) and you need an X server running on the Windows machine. One option is to install Cygwin/X which is free. Cygwin will also give you a bash shell and unix utility programs such as sed & grep. There are other x servers you can install on Windows as well.

Another option is running an nx service on the Linux server and an nx client in windows.

You can also use TightVNC. Here is a howto, which includes tunneling through ssh.

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putty is like ssh client for Windows (and Linux). It only supports console mode, or if there is builtin console GUI.

If you need GUI access via secure line, I would recommend NX Client/server. GPL version supports maximum of 2 simultaneous connections (I think), and you are logging to your user account (root login is disabled by default) like you would locally, and that connection is made via SSH, so security is very high, unlike the VNC. It is important to say that when you are using NX, you are not taking over the current screen (like VNC server for Windows), every user logs in separately, with his own GUI and user settings, right, etc.

There is also freeNX project (CentOS has it as part of the distribution), but so far I found NX much better choice.


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