Remote Desktop using X2Go

X2Go Client

X2Go gives you a fast secure remote desktop with sound. It is intended as a replacement for NX. It can work even over dial-up. With broadband, it comes close to being at the console.

X2Go is the latest and greatest NX client. Unlike other NX clients, no key is required and sound works although it may stutter.

On MacOS, X2Go requires XQuartz. There are issues with MacOS and key mapping. In a forum message written by Richardo Diaz Martin, the following is stated and may be helpful;

If you delete .gconf/desktop/gnome/peripherals/keyboard folder then the keyboard is well mapped.

If you have a pure kde desktop (no gnome packages installed) then you don't have .gconf folder and it also works.

On Windows, X2Go requires Ming, an X-server for Windows. It installs this as part of it's installation process.

This works on It does not work on the old server because X2Go server software is unavailable for SunOS 4.1.4.

  1. For Windows or Mac, download the X2Go client from the X2Go Download Page.

    For Linux, select the link for your version and add the X2Go repository. Then install the "x2goclient".

    For CentOS or Scientific Linux, use the RedHat RHEL_6 X2Go repository.

    For Debian, use version 7.2 (or later) from the Debial Wheezy repository.

  2. When you start x2go for the first time, it will pop-up a Session Preferences window. Fill in the Session Name with a name for our server that you will remember such as "Eskimo Shellx".

    Fill in the host with "".

    Fill in the login with your login.

    The SSH port should be "22".

    Select either GNOME or KDE for the session type. We are most familiar with Gnome and can better support it than KDE. Also, if you are fluent in X-window scripting and configuration, feel free to configure a custom session but that is beyond the scope of what we can provide support for.

    Under "Settings", you can set the fullscreen option or adjust the screen size.

    Click on OK

  3. The newly created session will now appear on the right side of the client window. Click on it to connect.

  4. Fill in your password, then click on OK

  5. If you have not connected to shellx with ssh, you will get a pop-up. Click on Yes

  6. Your session should come up with a Desktop similiar to the image below (except the dock won't be present).

  7. Enjoy! To end the session and logout, click on your username in the upper right hand portion of the screen.

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