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Is there a guide for installing (make functional) KDE over a SSH connection from a Vista notebook?

I have a notebook running Vista and PuTTY. I can connect and have a standard command line session. I can not get KDE to work at all. Being a newbie, I think that I am missing something major. I've tried Xming, but can only get a single application to work per window using a complex command containing password, host, user name and program to run.

I'm looking for something similar to Windows Terminal Services/Remote Desktop over SSH and how to set it up and make it work.
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I once had a system auto-loging into a KDE session and launching a VNC server to solve that issue before I decided to scrap X altogether.



Getting a working KDE _on_ the system, depends on how you start X. I.e. .xinitrc, .xsession, using XDM/KDM/GDM; you might want to be a bit more specific on that side.


You need the BSD machine to either automatically have X started or provide a way to start it on demand: Adjust your login on the machine to set $DISPLAY accordingly.

I think you'll have to set $DISPLAY to YourVistaMachinesAddress:0.0.

Then enable X11 forwarding in your PuTTY options and the FreeBSD machines sshd server (man sshd_config) accordingly.
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On the remote system console X runs at boot time (i can't remember how) and .xinit contains the line startkde so it runs at boot time as well. When I attempt to configure PuTTY X11 forwarding in the SSH, X11 dialog by ticking the check box and clicking on the Open button, I get an error bell. All I can do is click Cancel.

How do I set $DISPLAY on the Vista box? There is no man page for this item. That item is not in the environment of the user on the box running FreeBSD even though X and KDE are running.

I'm confused.
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Do you have an X server on the "Vista box" ?

http://sourceforge.net/projects/xming/
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Xming is on the Vista box.
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Must allow XForwarding, either in the ssh conf file, or via the KDM.
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Alternatively, install nxserver on the FreeBSD box, configure it, then use the NX client on your Windows box. Works pretty much the same as Remote Desktop Connection or VNC does between Windows boxes.
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Right, you probably want vnc over ssh. I'm not sure it's possible to forward a DE over X (and if it is possible, you don't want to -- it'll be very slow).

An even better solution: don't run a DE over ssh at all. Utilize the command line instead, and when you need an X application, launch just that application.
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I want the full array of applications available with a click on an icon.
Speed should not be an issue over a Gbe lan.

I'm in no rush to convert from MS servers to FreeBSD.
Vista clients will be a fact of life until compatibility issues with MS Exchange scheduling and shared calendars are resolved.

This is a learning opportunity on my home network. The learning curve is quite steep.

That said, I'll try all proposed solutions and select the one that works the best on my network.
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Alternatively, install nxserver on the FreeBSD box, configure it, then use the NX client on your Windows box. Works pretty much the same as Remote Desktop Connection or VNC does between Windows boxes.
I did not see a FreeBSD version of the NX software.
What version should be used?
(Sorry for the newbie questions.)
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*BSD to Win -> rdesktop
Win to *BSD -> Xming and PuTTY
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I did not see a FreeBSD version of the NX software.
What version should be used?
(Sorry for the newbie questions.)
/usr/ports/net/nxserver
/usr/ports/net/freenx

The first is the opensource version of the official NX server. The second is the opensource rewrite based on the OSS version of the official NX server.

Take your pick.
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Thanks. I was looking on the nomachine.com website. They only had Linux and Solaris listed.

Oops! Neither of those ports compile on a 64bit OS (AMD64).

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I never tried nx, couldn't get it to compile when I had tried a fwe years back.

Since I'm in a mixed environment, I use VNC for most things since it can handle both client and server for both Windows and *nix systems. I haven't needed it for a *nix system since my first time using SSH but it is rather useful.
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