Posts with the tag Remote Desktop

Unity over NX Remote Sessions

If you want to start a certain desktop environment when connecting to a Ubuntu Linux machine running a FreeNX or NeatX NX server, you have to change the command to be run remotely:

For a 2D Unity session:

gnome-session --session=2d-ubuntu

For a 2D Gnome session:

gnome-session --session=2d-gnome



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Install NX Server NeatX on Ubuntu 11.10

sudo apt-get install python-software-properties
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freenx-team

As long as oneiric is not in the list of you have to tell your packages sources to download and install the packages for lucid 10.04:
sudo sed -i 's/oneiric/lucid/g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/freenx-team-ppa-oneiric.list

sudo vi /etc/apt/sources.list.d/freenx-team-ppa-oneiric.list
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install neatx-server


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NX Server


sudo apt-get install python-software-properties && sudo add-apt-repository ppa:freenx-team
sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude install freenx

Now use nxsetup to install necessary files and create the special user "nx"

sudo /usr/lib/nx/nxsetup --install

If you need nxsetup binary for this check out:

shadow sessions on FreeNX - enables concurrent access to...

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RDP with Linux: rdesktop / xfreerdp

Alternative: xfreerdp!

Connect to a Windows PC Remotely using rdesktop

Examples, ticks & tricks:

Set up the connection on the windows computer according to
and use rdesktop

Command to connect (yet to be extended):


If you with no parameters it shows you its options:

philipp@lion:~$ rdesktop

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Install freeNX Server


add the following lines (replace VERSION with intrepid if you're running 8.10) to your /etc/apt/sources.list

deb VERSION main
deb-src VERSION main

then update your repository informations and install freenx

sudo apt-get update
sudo aptitude install freenx

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Install NX "Free Edition" Server


sudo dpkg -i nxclient_3.3.0-3_x86_64.deb
sudo dpkg -i nxnode_3.3.0-3_x86_64.deb
sudo dpkg -i nxserver_3.3.0-8_x86_64.deb

Note: Go to the NoMachine Installation Instructions for detailed instructions on how to install the NX Client, NX Node and NX Server packages. The NX service can be controlled by the command


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Set Up Your Own Font Server

If you want to use mathematica via a nx server, you need to make the mathematica fonts available via xfs (X font server): note that there may be another way to load the fonts:

sudo aptitude install xfs

and change file /etc/X11/fs/config: at the end of catalogue:


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