multiple servers, one gui machine

For some reason I consistently forget how to do this… so I’m jotting it down. You can manage all your machines with an X11 gui from one machine via ssh forwarding.

First, jump into a terminal using ctrl+alt+Fx (where x= 1-6 on ubuntu).
Start a new X client session using xinit — : x vtX (where x = a number > 0 that is not already in use for an x display, and X equals 11 or 12… this allows you to switch to the new gui using ctr+alt+X)
Next, you’ll be on a blank screen with a terminal in the upper left. ssh while forwarding the remote x via ssh -X user@host
you’re set! you can start your window manager or individual programs now.

Now… there… I’ll remember.

Ubuntu 7 on the DV9000t

Well, I’m a Fedora fan. I am dual-booting my desktop and laptop with FC6 and Vista… but tonight, breaking from writing a paper, I decided I’d try out Ubuntu 7. My first impression is great. Resolution recognized correctly, sound worked well… both common for Fedora too. It’s what’s not so common that REALLY impressed me.

Ubuntu loaded the drivers I need for my Intel Pro Wireless to work (3945), this must be done manually in FC6. Not only that, but I was than able to click my network icon and view all available wireless networks! I was pleasantly suprised at the ease of this. Then I thought I’d try my media keys… which do not work in FC6 – they worked in Ubuntu 7! No configuration required. I can control the volume and even get a nice little volume OSD when doing so. I then tried the remote control I have with my laptop… not only does it control the volume, but allows me to launch rhythmbox and play/pause/skip music as well. I am amazed that this works. Really.

The latest versions of Firefox and only sweetened the deal. My windows NTFS partition was also readily available and automatically mounted. When I attempted to play a WMA file from my windows partition, the codec was searched for and I was able to install it with one click. 47 seconds later I was enjoying the tunes.

I’m amazed by this release, and if Fedora 7 isn’t equally amazing, I’m switching.