remote/local multi-user xwindow question

Michael Torrie torriem at
Mon Jan 2 18:02:27 MST 2012

On 01/02/2012 04:35 PM, Alan Young wrote:
> What I want to be able to do is allow a user to login to or create
> their own xwindows session on the family box from any location
> (locally or their personal computer, e.g., a chromebook), detach from
> the xwindow session and reattach later (à la gnu-screen) from any
> location.

You are describing FreeNX.  Disconnecting though doesn't quite act the
same as screen.  Rather it suspends all X-using processes.  But other
than that, this is exactly how FreeNX works.  You can pull across whole
desktops or just individual apps.  And it's way fast compared to X over
ssh or VNC.

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