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X-Windows Servers for Desktop Computers

Note Xming is called a server because it carries out the instructions of the program running on the remote computer. I agree this is confusing.

Apple OS-X

Mac OX-X users can install X-windows from the OS disk. Once installed open a terminal window and log onto a server:

ssh -X -Y userid@nber8.nber.org
to execute any X-Windows program on our nber8 compute server. 3, 7 and 9 should also work.

Windows

Luckily there is now a server that installs and runs easily on Windows XP. You have to download and install ssh also to get past our (and your) firewall.

ssh and the Xming X-Windows server are available directly from the NBER website:

  1. Download and execute Xming Setup

  2. Download and execute Xming Fonts

  3. Download ssh client (look below the fold)

  4. turn on X-11 forwarding in your ssh client.

Different ssh clients will have slightly different ways of turning on X-11 forwarding. For TerraTermSSH this is done on the

setup|forwarding 
menu. Remember to save the setup (also on the setup menu) or it won't take effect.

For Secure-CRT X-11 forwarding can be turned on by checking the x11 box on the options|global-options|X11 page. Again, remember to save.

To run the server, go to

 start|programs|Xlaunch 
and accept all defaults. Once the xserver is launched, then login to any unix system using your ssh client. Any X-windows program such as xstata will open windows on your monitor when run. The X-server will run till you reboot, but it only accepts display instructions from the machine you have logged into with the ssh client.

Windows machines at 1050

Any Windows machines distributed at 1050 will have Xming start up by default at boot, and have port forwarding turned on for Teraterm.

Access from outside 1050

The X-11 protocol is intended for low-latency connections and will prove frustrating for WAN access. NX is a better choice for users outside of 1050.

More information about Xming is available at Straightrunning

Daniel Feenberg
Last modified: 6 May 2014

 
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