On Sunday 23 September 2007 18:54:28 dgmm wrote:
> On Sunday 23 September 2007, Maxim Khitrov wrote:
> > Not true. Install Cygwin/X on your local machine
> > (http://x.cygwin.com/), configure PuTTY to forward X11 packets, login
> > to the server and run firefox. Depending on your exact configuration,
> > you may need to tinker with the settings a bit. Usually, however, it
> > works with no additional effort.
> Agreed!
> As a complete noob to running remote apps, I had it going in minutes from a
> WinXP laptop with putty/cygwin/X.  As you say, just tick/check the X11
> forwarding box in Putty.

Sure that works. As you can also take a plane to visit the neighbors.

> Although the OP mentioned Gnome.  Not sure if you could run a whole desktop
> over it or even if that would be desirable.

If you're on a local network, it can be convenient to control the entire 
desktop in the few cases where programs can only be controlled via GUI, but 
for configuring a few web-enabled interfaces, it will take you 10 times 
longer then just forwarding the control port and using a local browser.

Aside from that, last time I tried (a few years back), at least the window 
manager needs to be installed locally for truly forwarded X11 connections, 
you can't be logged in under X as that user on the remote machine and by the 
time I had cygwin setup and working, I would've configured cups 3 times over 
on the remote machine, using a simple port forward.
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