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Old 08-25-2005, 12:51 PM   #1
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Remote Desktop For Linux?

I'm running Fedora Linux and pretty new to it all. I can SSH into my linux box using an application called Putty. I was wondering if there was a way to take over my Linux box similar to how Remote Destkop works on XP so I can actually see X-Windows.

Thanks for any and all help.

Old 08-25-2005, 12:53 PM   #2
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yeah, you can XDMCP, VNC, or FreeNX into your box. I run an X-Terminal with a Pentium 100 using XDMCP.
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Just my 2c.... freenx is the easiest to setup, probably the most secure, and definately the fastest IMHO of the ones previously mentioned. Plus the NXclient looks cool

I use freeNX daily on several SLES9/OES servers at work and found that it best suits 'my' needs.

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Yeah, NX is the newest of the three, I like XDMCP when doing X-Terminals cause I think there is less overhead. VNC is usually the most generic and widespread.
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VNC is a good option if you aren't overly worried about security (passwords and such). I actually use it a fair bit to do tech support for many windows friends as I find it saves me running out to their place to fix something that I know just requires a few mouse clicks in the right places. It is also great to see what a user is talking about when they have a complaint that isn't makeing much sense "I'm just getting boxes on my screen" or the like.

For logging into my own computer remotely I stick with SSH with DSA key authentication (and a few other security setting I wont go into here) to ensure my system doesn't get hacked. I use the X Forwarding feature to run any X applications I want. putty supports this but you'll need an X server installed (there are several for windows. hopefully someone here more versed in putty with X forwarding can suggest the fastest easiest one for you). I find the SSH give me the security I desire if I'm going to be leaving a remote route to login open on my machine. and as it is encoded end to end I can worry less about sniffed passwords and the like. It is a little more work but I feel the security is worth it.

I can't speak to FeeNX as I haven't checked that out yet so you may want to look into that further. But from everything I've heard/read XDMCP and VNC both come with strict warnings about security concerns especially on unsecure networks or over the internet.

Hope this helps

P.S. or on re-reading this I realized it sounded wrong where I talked about the "other security settings". The reason I opted not to go into detail is because it could get into longish and potentially tedious subject not directly related to the prefered app for Remote access. (you know .. things like hosts.allow/Hosts.deny, iptables, sshd_config, and the like)

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Another vote for FreeNX.
Old 08-25-2005, 05:56 PM   #7
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FreeNX worked GREAT. Thanks everyone I really appricate the help.

The site suggested above:

Allowed me to install with no problems at all!!!

This is AWESOME.
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i m vry new to linux and to this site as well...i m not able to connect through my remote computer...can anyone plz help me ..???


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