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Using x2go to access a remote computer


X2Go enables you to access a graphical desktop of a computer over a low bandwidth (or high bandwidth) connection.

X2Go is a Remote Desktop solution, which some vendors vaguely call Remote Control. This is not to be confused with Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, which is a competing Remote Desktop solution and protocol.

With X2Go, you mainly access Linux computers. The Linux computer you are accessing is the X2Go Server. (There are ways to connect to a Windows computer as well; some of them are only available with the Linux X2Go Client.)

You can connect from a computer running Linux, Windows or Mac X. The server's desktop can be any of multiple desktop environments – I recommend Xfce4.

Ssh connection

Since x2go uses an ssh connection, being able to open a connection using RSA keys is a prerequisite. Make sure the RSA public/private keys are in place on both the client and server. Test by running

   ssh <server>

Getting Started

On server (the remote machine)

   yum install x2goserver

On client (the local machine)

   yum install x2goclient

The server software consists mainly of


which should be enabled and started. It's job is to clean up dead sessions.

Using x2go

The client software is primarily


which is a GUI client to manage sessions. Simply start it and fill in the blanks.

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