[ubuntu-za] Remote Desktop

Bill Cairns cairnsww at gmail.com
Thu May 29 05:49:05 UTC 2014

As simple as that! My mind is indeed blown.

(Actually I immediately found it confusing. I could not find a picture that
I was looking for. It slowly occurred to me that it was because I was on
the wrong machine!)

Thanks much.


On 29 May 2014 02:33, Lee Sharp <leesharp at hal-pc.org> wrote:

> On 05/28/2014 12:05 PM, Bill Cairns wrote:
>> Thanks Lee but, well, that's the question I am asking
>> I would like to be able to run a normal Unity environment on machine B
>> while actually running on machine A. And I mean run everything including
>> Office, Gimp, Scribus ... Perhaps the right answer is: why would I want
>> to do that? ! Because it's there I suppose.
>> Remember - I don't have a monitor on B.
>> I don't understand the implications of ssh -X. What would I do next?
> That explains your question.  Connect to a remote system with "ssh -X
> user at ip.address" and you will have a command line.  Now type "gimp" and
> hit enter.  Gimp is now running in a window on your desktop, but it is
> running on the remote machine.  This is not a remote desktop and image data
> is not being transfered...  It is actually displaying on your desktop.
>  Other handy commands are "nautilus" "firefox -no-remote" and so on...  And
> unlike the current clickbait headlines, this really will blow your mind.
>                         Lee
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