Andres Garcia on 16 Aug 2011 16:31:19 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Remote KDE Session

You could try using Xming and putty to run a session as explained here: This should do pretty much just what you want. I imagine this might require a speedy network, but I am not sure, I have never tried it.

Depending what you want to do with the session you could run a VM that boots from your server over PXE as would a thin client. It would give you the ability to use usb devices and other hardware on your local system with the VM that runs from the server, and I think would run better over a slower network once it was booted but may not be as convenient if you want to directly interact with the server.

Good luck.

Andres Garcia

On Aug 16, 2011 5:44 PM, "Casey Bralla" <> wrote:
> Listening to the "teaser" about the upcoming talk on "screen" at PLUG last
> night got me very excited about its capabilities. Lter, I got to thinking
> about an X-window version of screen, and then jumped to the conclusion: Why
> not just run KDE remotely?
> My basement server runs KDE all the time, adn I can successfully vnc into it
> and run a remote desktop. However, I'd much rather run a native (albeit
> remote) KDE session on my main computer since the window size would match my
> main screen and the display would look crisper.
> In other words, I want to have a full KDE desktop on my local computer, but
> actually running on the remote computer.
> So I ssh'd into my remote machine, and ran "startx -- :1" to spawn a new X
> window environement which I hoped would show up on my main (remote) screen.
> No good. it did seem to spawn a new X, but not on my local machine.
> I also tried "startkde" but got an error message "$DISPLAY is not set or
> cannot connect to the X server." Unfortunately, DISPLAY is set, and even if I
> changed it, I could not get KDE to start remotely.
> Anybody have any suggestions?
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