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Old 04-28-2005, 01:13 AM   #1
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Remote X11 session from Windows

Hi all.

I have XP running on my newest computer (forgive me, the 2.4 and 2.6 kernels paniced over the SiS 661FX chipset). The other computer, which is getting a bit old is running Slackware 9.1 -- a wonderful OS, which is also my gateway, and as much as I like Linux and want it to be my primary OS I can't because of the motherboard in the new machine. So I thought about setting up remote login to the X-server on the Linux-box so that I can work in Gnome 2.4 from XP, and was wondering what type of Windows-client to use.

I guess you might ask yourself why I don't just walk over to the gateway. Well I could, but it's got a 14 inch monitor from 1993 or something like that which does 1024x768@60 hz. That's a bit tough on the eyes in the long run. I have (barely) heard of a thing called X11-forwarding through SSH, and hoping that would be remote login I tried to set it up with Putty 0.57... and failed. I have to set up some "X display location" to get that working??

Yeah and in case it is of any relevance, the server hardware is as follows:

* Celeron (Mendocino) 400 mhz. (I guess that's the P2 series...)
* 192 MB ram
* Lots of swap

I would be grateful for any ideas from you. Thanks in advance.
Old 04-28-2005, 02:09 AM   #2
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I log into my computer using SSH with X11 forwarding from my college all the time (and they only have windows machines) and it works great. There is a ported version of the X11 server that you can download that runs on windows off a CD. It's based on cygwin and you can download the image from this site:

Hope this helps. I just stumbled upon that site and figured this out two days ago.

You'll need to be running sshd on your linux box, of course. And it needs to be set up to allow X11 forwarding.

Last edited by zhangmaike; 04-28-2005 at 02:10 AM.
Old 04-28-2005, 03:25 AM   #3
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another way to do it is with vnc vnc-info, its made of two parts vncviewer and vncserver, install it in linux machine and start the vncserver, install it in windows and use vncviewer to access linux machine (no need for ssh)
its really easy to use once you have it setup
i hope it helps you
Old 04-28-2005, 06:25 AM   #4
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Thanks for the replies! I am downloading both solutions now and I can hardly wait to test them :]
Old 09-24-2005, 09:19 PM   #5
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can you startx while in a ssh session and get the KDM (or whatever you use) to open in a window? (like how apps open if x is already running)


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