connecting to x over phone lines

Mark Haney mhaney at
Thu Nov 20 18:04:11 UTC 2008

NoOp wrote:
> On 11/20/2008 09:05 AM, CLIFFORD ILKAY wrote:
>> Linda wrote:
>>> Just wondering is there a way I can allow someone to connect via phone 
>>> line and use x based programs from their home windows computers?
>> Others have recommended VNC. That's a better choice than straight X.
>> Even better is FreeNX. With a very lightweight window manager, like
>> fluxbox, it will work reasonably well. Anything that is more
>> full-featured, like Gnome or KDE, will be painful on dial-up but quite
>> acceptable on broadband.
> +1 on FreeNX/NX; Settings can be from modem up to LAN, and the Windows
> client works exceptionally well.

Well done.  I agree.  FreeNX is a very good option and one I didn't 
consider.  Had I done so, I would have thought of Citrix as well, 
although that's not a free one.  In fact, one of my first big projects 
out of college was to upgrade a satellite office of the Hospital I 
worked at.  And because budgets are always tight at Hospitals 
(especially here in NC) I thought I'd showcase linux's capability by 
using RH6.2 as the OS on the full clients we had (instead of NT4) and 
ran the Citrix Metaframe java client to display the desktop.  (This was 
back in the days when broadband was really expensive and all our 
satellite offices had dual channel ISDN.)

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Mark Haney
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ERC Broadband
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