[nSLUG] Remote desktop tool?

Jack Warkentin jwark at bellaliant.net
Sat Mar 14 15:40:16 ADT 2015

Hi Trina

Here is the standard way of accessing a remote UNIX desktop from a local 

1. Make sure you have openssh installed on both computers. On Debian 
that would the packages openssh-client and openssh-server.

2. As root, cd to /etc/ssh and edit both the ssh_config and sshd_config 

For ssh_config, make sure that both ForwardX11 and ForwardX11Trusted are 
set to yes. For sshd_config, make sure X11Forwarding is set to yes.

3. As an ordinary user at the command line, use the ssh command from the 
local machine to log in to the remote machine. This will ask you to 
confirm some security information.

4. This login will provide you with a command line window on the remote 
machine. You can issue any commands on the remote machine from that 
window. Also, by issuing the appropriate command line command, you can 
start up any GUI application on the remote machine and it will display 
on the local machine.

5. I am not sure what you mean by "access files". With the above, you 
can display them on the local machine just as if they were on the local 
machine. If you want to copy them to the local machine then use scp.



Trina Conrad wrote:
> Hello,
> I am trying to find software that will run on Ubuntu that will allow me
> to remote into my computer at home from my shop so that I can access
> files as I need them.  I have tried searching through google, but have
> not been able to find what I am looking for. Any and all help will be
> greatly appreciated. :)
> Thanks,
> Trina
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Jack Warkentin, phone 902-404-0457, email jwark at bellaliant.net
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