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How To Set Up A Terminal Server In Linux Using Ubuntu 9.10 And FreeNX

Jan 26, 2010, 14:34 (0 Talkback[s])

"What was once old is new again and the desktop-centric computing is making way for return of thin client/mainframe computing again. This tutorial will walk you through setting up a Ubuntu desktop to act as a "mainframe", capable of being accessed by a thin clients or regular desktops, using the excellent FreeNX server.

"FreeNX is an open source implementation of NoMachine's NX Server. It is a bit more akin to Microsoft's RDP protocol that the usual VNC, so while keeping bandwidth to a minimum, it maintains good visual quality and responsiveness. You can connect using NoMachine's monetarily free NX Client, which is available for Windows, OS X, Linux or Solaris. Also, by default, all traffic is via SSH, so your connections are encrypted.

"There are quite a few scenarios where this is useful. At work our sensitive data is on a network that is not directly connected to the internet. To access the internet, users remotely connect to the NX server. This requires opening only a single port (22) in one direction, and is quite secure. It saves a huge hardware layout, eases administration, and as it's a locked down linux computer, there's considerably less worry about viruses and malware (our network is predominately Windows)."

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