[ubuntu-za] Graphical connection to a text server

Matthew French matthew at gillyweed.co.za
Tue Feb 7 09:44:18 UTC 2017

On Tue, Feb 7, 2017 at 10:47 AM, Midrand Opensource <
midrandopensource at gmail.com> wrote:

> Is it possible to remotely connect to this thing graphically?

There are two ways to do this.

If you have an X-windows server on your laptop then you can tell the remote
server to connect to your X-windows. Note it can get a little confusing,
because the "server" is your laptop, and the print server is the client.

If your laptop is Linux, it either has an X-server running or you just need
to install the right packages. If your laptop is a Mac then there are also
ways to install an X-server. If your laptop is Windows, then you need an
expensive third party application (unless someone has created an open
source alternative for Windows while I wasn't looking?)

To connect this way you still need to establish a command line connection
via ssh. You then need to set the DISPLAY environment variable to point to
your X-server. There are ssh command line switches that do this
automatically for you, and tunnel the X protocol over SSH at the same time.

Be prepared to have to work around security to get this to work, as most
X-servers only allow connections from localhost by default.

The second option is probably much simpler, but not as much "fun" :-)

Install a VNC server on the server, and then you can use any one of a dozen
VNC clients to connect.

Either way, much googling will be required. But hopefully this gives you an
idea of how to proceed.

Hope this helps.

- Matthew
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