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Old 12-19-2005, 12:24 PM   #1
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remote acessing gentoo from windows xp

Hello all!

At present my challenge is to acess my gentoo desktop from my work place where I have many dead hours to kill!
At work we have windows xp with unlimited internet acess, yet we can't execute any unallowed apps! At home I have gentoo!

I've heard some colleagues talking about ssh logins, but I don't really now much about that!

What would I need to make it work? (Please take into account that I can't install any apps!)

Would I need to install an ssh extension on the windows desktop(which I can't do) or could I acess my gentoo by acessing a ssh shell from some already available website!
Would I need to setup one up myself? How could I do that? Would I need to register a domain and associate it to my gentoo machine! How could I set this up?

The second part of the question refers to the graphical aspect! Is it possible to remotely work with kde or would I have to work from the shell? From what I know I need x to send a shell for me to work with a desktop environment! Would I need to pipe an x session somehow? How!

VNC comes to mind, but not only am i a n00b as also I can't install any applications at work! What course should I take?
Old 12-19-2005, 12:39 PM   #2
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I don't know any remote website that would allow you to login to your machine. However, SSH is the tool you are looking for. On windows, you need putty. Google it and you'll get it. Putty comes as an executable and doesn't need any installation. In order to login to your home machine, you will have to run SSH server on your home machine. You can also use X11 forwarding with SSH to forward X11 sessions to your work machine. I have not done is but it is fairly easy. In order to connect to your machine, you'll need to get the ip address of your home machine. I suppose you use cable or dsl does your ISP assign ip address?

Edit: Search this site for ssh setup. There's a nice tutorial but I don't have the link handy. Also google it and you'll get lots of hits.

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Old 12-19-2005, 12:42 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by tuxrules
You can also use X11 forwarding with SSH to forward X11 sessions to your work machine.
Yep and you'd need an X server for Windows for that. Cygwin/X is a free one and yeah, it's pretty easy to set up.
Old 12-19-2005, 03:29 PM   #4
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Modern X apps are REALLY slow over the Internet.

You can also look into VNC, which is designed for remote desktops. You will need to set up the VNC server on the Gentoo machine and then on Windows either use a VNC client or use the Web-based Java client. The most common implementations of VNC are RealVNC and TightVNC. VNC is usually faster than X.

Also, to what extent can you not "install apps"? Because most apps can be installed in an alternate location like your home directory that doesn't need admin privileges. What about running executables that don't really need to be "installed", like putty.exe or RealVNC (get the "stand-alone viewer")


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