[CentOS] Free NX or NoMachine NX on CentOS 4.2 ?

Johnny Hughes mailing-lists at hughesjr.com
Sun Nov 6 11:59:56 UTC 2005


On Sat, 2005-11-05 at 19:21 -0800, Brian Watters wrote:
> Anyone out there install FreeNX or Nomachines NX server on CentOS 4.2
> yet? .. We have and it appears to work very well .. Just looking for any
> tips for Samba file shares or any other got ya's?
> 

I use nx/freenx all the time.  Some things that I have found make it not
nearly as good as something like Citrix is it's lack of easy file
copying or printing at the remote site.  (On latest version there is
CUPS print support and SMB file share support, but it didn't work well
for me)

Since I am on a linux machine and connected to a linux machine using NX
via ssh connection, I just use scp or sftp to copy files to the remote
machine when I need to move a file or print a document.  Connecting from
a windows machine to a linux machine makes this harder (need something
else installed on windows that does scp/sftp).  This just may be an
issue with me, as other people seem to print OK from NX.

Also, more often than not with the current version of NX, if I lose my
connection and reconnect then a new session is opened instead of
reconnecting to the old session on the same computer.

This is still a quick, secure and excellent method for a thin client
connection that you can do via ssh.

nx / freenx are in the i386 extras repo of centos4 (does not work on
x86_64).

Here is a great article on installing it with fedora:
http://fedoranews.org/contributors/rick_stout/freenx/

(for centos i386 do:

yum install nx freenx

then follow the NoMachine client intructions in the above article)

Here is a Linux Journal series on NX:

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8477

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8480

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8483

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8489

http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/8538

Thanks,
Johnny Hughes
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