[clug-talk] Remote Desktop Software

Trevor Lauder lists at thelauders.net
Tue Sep 27 15:06:04 PDT 2005

You can either purchase the NX Server from NoMachine or install FreeNX 
(http://freenx.berlios.de/).  I use FreeNX with KDE and it gives near local 
speed.  You can find out how NX technology works at 

You can testdrive NX using NoMachines services at 

It's the closest thing Linux / Unix has to Remote Desktop / Terminal Services 
in the Windows world.  There are other options like LTSP (Linux Terminal 
Server Project) which is typically used in a thinclient setup, forwarding raw 
X packets as has been mentioned but which suffers from security issues and 
isn't efficient over slow links, forwarding X packets over SSH which you 
mentioned you don't want to use and also suffers from poor performance over 
slow links, and VNC which is more suited for remote control then remote 

Keep in mind though, NX utilizes SSH for the connection so you will still need 
to have SSH installed.  I recommend you try the testdrive I mentioned above 
from NoMachine, I think you will be impressed with it.  It's faster then 
those other options I listed above, even over dial-up.



On September 27, 2005 03:39 pm, Jim Clarke wrote:
> ssh -x is not an option, would ideally like something fast possibly similar
> to Remote Administrator for windows however a linux equivalent. Have heard
> good things about gotomypc with Citrix online however I am not interested
> in paying 20 bucks USD a month for that service per machine. Any thoughts
> would be appreciated.
> Regards,
> Jim
> On Tue, 27 Sep 2005 15:11:17 -0600, Adil Kodian wrote
> > if you have the money - nothing beats Hummingbird Exceed - ive run 12
> > users off the same HPUX server through exceed - all working at near-local
> > speed. Im presuming you want to run a windows client that uses a desktop
> > on a Linux server. 
> > If you have a linux/mac client and a linux desktop - then why not just
> > application x forwarding ? If the server and client are on the same
> > network (or both have public IPs) then simply set the environment
> > variable DISPLAY to be the client's IP:0 - the 0 is the desktop number on
> > the client - leave it at 0 if you dont know what that is. The next time
> > you fire up mozilla-firefox& the browser window will popup on your local
> > client.
> >
> >  
> > On 9/27/05, Jim Clarke <jclarke at wiredunderground.com> wrote:
> >
> > Just wanted to inquire as to the best "remote desktop software" to
> > utilize for the linux world? We are looking for a solution that would be
> > presumably faster than VNC and not ssh-x. Any suggestions would be
> > greatly appreciated.
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Jim
> >
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