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You can connect in graphical mode and get a remote desktop on [[Cube]], Netsoc's newest and most beastly server, both inside and outside College. To do so, you'll need an NX client. NoMachine, who develop the NX technology, distribute a client for all major platforms.  
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You can connect in graphical mode and get a remote desktop on [[Cube]], Netsoc's newest and most beastly server, both inside and outside College. We use [[X2go]] to provide this service, with MATE as the Desktop environment.
  
You need the old client, from here:
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= How to connect =
https://www.nomachine.com/download-3 [They don't let you download it any more :( ]
 
  
Actually get it from here:
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To connect to Cube in graphical mode, you'll need to download and install an [[X2go]] client. These are available from [http://x2go.org the x2go website].
https://www.netsoc.tcd.ie/nxclient-3.5.0-9.exe
 
  
When you run the program, it will start a wizard which asks you to set various things, such as your connection speed. This is all fairly straightforward. The only Netsoc specific details you need are the address of our server (cube.netsoc.tcd.ie) and the type of desktop session (Unix/Gnome). The wizard makes it clear where to enter these details. Once the wizard is done, a connection prompt will appear. Just enter your Netsoc username and password, and presto! Your desktop on Cube appears. From here you can connect to [[IRC]] from the terminal, modify your webspace, or just read webcomics all day. Remember that you can always [[SSH]] to [[Cube]] in the normal fashion too.
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Within the client, click the ''New Session'' button, and fill in the details for cube:[[File:X2go.png]]
  
You can also use a FOSS client, like qtnx, if your distro packages it.
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Select MATE as the desktop environment.
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Once you've defined a session, it will appear in the right-hand-side column of the client window:
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[[File:Clientwindow.png]]
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Select it, enter your Netsoc password, and click Ok:
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[[File:X2godialog.png]]
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In a few moments your desktop will pop up, and you're free to use cube as you wish.
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= Alternative desktop environments =
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We tested KDE4 and GNOME3 as well as MATE, but both of these seem to be extremely buggy (to the point of being unusable) over the x2go server. You're free to give them a try, but your mileage may vary. It is also possible to run other desktop environments (Awesome, xfce, what have you) via the custom desktop option. If there's a window manager you'd like to use but which isn't installed on cube, let us know on IRC or at support@netsoc.tcd.ie; we'd happy to install it.

Revision as of 06:03, 7 January 2014

You can connect in graphical mode and get a remote desktop on Cube, Netsoc's newest and most beastly server, both inside and outside College. We use X2go to provide this service, with MATE as the Desktop environment.

How to connect

To connect to Cube in graphical mode, you'll need to download and install an X2go client. These are available from the x2go website.

Within the client, click the New Session button, and fill in the details for cube:X2go.png

Select MATE as the desktop environment.

Once you've defined a session, it will appear in the right-hand-side column of the client window:

Clientwindow.png

Select it, enter your Netsoc password, and click Ok:

X2godialog.png

In a few moments your desktop will pop up, and you're free to use cube as you wish.


Alternative desktop environments

We tested KDE4 and GNOME3 as well as MATE, but both of these seem to be extremely buggy (to the point of being unusable) over the x2go server. You're free to give them a try, but your mileage may vary. It is also possible to run other desktop environments (Awesome, xfce, what have you) via the custom desktop option. If there's a window manager you'd like to use but which isn't installed on cube, let us know on IRC or at support@netsoc.tcd.ie; we'd happy to install it.