Way to auto-login gnome on startup? [SOLVED]

David Groos djgroos at gmail.com
Wed Mar 11 03:50:27 GMT 2009

Thanks Richard--ecstatic would clearly describe my emotional state when I
VPNed into the district intranet, freenxed into the server, opened the
Terminal in the gui that appeared, typed 'sudo reboot', and then a few
minutes later, I was able to freeNX into that server and saw the beautiful
Edubuntu desktop once again!

All I did was, from this page: http://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeNX,

Open your apt sources list

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and append the two lines for the repository

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/freenx-team/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/freenx-team/ubuntu hardy main

I customized it to 'hardy' but any of the following that apply, work (it
says): dapper, hardy or intrepid.

Then I tried to:

Save and then close.

Then Update Apt sudo apt-get update


   After you add the repository, then install the freenx package (using
   Aptitude to install extra needed packages). sudo aptitude install freenx

But couldn't get passed the message that the keys didn't match or something.
So, I went to Synaptic, searched for 'freenx' and then selected the 'freenx'
app for upgrade, applied it, ignored the security warnings, and installed

Then, I opened freenx, seems I configured it (don't choose to disable the
security encoding as it runs on port 22 and you will get an error message.)
Then, I downloaded the client version for my mac laptop, configured it...
and it worked :-).

One more barrier removed!

BTW--I recommend FreeNX to anyone using VNC currently, it looks a lot nicer
and is smoother/more responsive.

On Sun, Mar 8, 2009 at 6:46 PM, Richard Doyle <rdoyle at islandnetworks.com>wrote:

> On Sun, 2009-03-08 at 17:28 -0600, David Groos wrote:
> > Hi All,
> >
> > Another issue to solve :)
> >
> > I don´t have access to the room that will house the server for my
> > thin-client classroom network.  The computer has iLO so I can remotely
> > restart and even start a computer that is shut down.  However, I need
> > to use a GUI (Though I can use CLI, I´m more of a visual person than a
> > text person) on the server, ssh just ain´t enough...  Unfortunately,
> > one can´t VNC into a computer unless someone is logged into it first
> > through GNOME.  So here´s my thought:
> >
> > On server start-up, auto log-in the admin user and upon logging in
> > immediately go into screen-lock up mode.  Then, I can VNC into the
> > server and unlock screen!  Easy, well, I don´t know if it can be done,
> > much less how easy to set up!  I´d appreciate any advise on the topic!
> Run NX on the server instead. The non-free (as in speech) version from
> nomachine.com is free (as in beer) for one or two users, or you can try
> freenx.
> >
> > Thanks,
> > David
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