There has been a change in the configuration of NX on the shell servers such that it is no longer necessary to import a special key. You still need to check “Use NX login”, but do not specify an alternate key or cut and paste one in.
I discovered how to do this in the process of setting up new servers so changed the existing as well since it simplifies setup for the end user.
The outage where everything just stopped for about half an hour was operator malfunction. I was trying to make some changes to NFS configuration (version 3 to version 4 on some machines) and had intended to reboot the client which had nobody logged in but accidentally rebooted the server instead.
The fedora20.eskimo.com shell server is presently down for imaging. This will take approximately 45 minutes.
Debian.Eskimo.COM is going to be down for a while. I broke something badly during the install that has caused NIS authentication not to work, am restoring from a backup, and then will be continuing with the install.
In the meantime, please use Mint.Eskimo.COM, it is derived from Ubuntu which in turn derived from Debian and has almost identical applications. Pine isn’t on there yet but alpine is present and functions almost identical to pine.
With Mint you can use Mate (which looks nearly identical to Gnome2 from which it was derived) or KDE desktops as well as LXDE and MCTE. Do not use Gnome because it is Gnome3 or Unity, because these are not compatible with x2go. Eventually I’ll get VNC configured, these desktops do work with VNC though they are painful.
I am taking Debian down for this afternoon to completely rebuild the server. I’ve learned enough about Debian installs doing Ubuntu and Mint to warrant re-doing this server to make it a more complete and stable server for your use.
I am taking a radius server to the co-location facility for installation there. This wouldn’t take so long if it weren’t rush hour but it is so I’ll be awhile.
I broke the graphical interface on centos7.eskimo.com by installing some 3rd party software that was incompatible. It is fixed now.
The old eskimo.com shell server is revived. I’m pretty much out of spare parts now. If anyone has a working Sun SS-10 they want to get rid of, or good parts for one, please let me know.
What appears to have happened is that three of four heat sink retainers broke and the heat sink separated from the CPU and it cooked.
If you feel like exploring another new server while eskimo.com is down, ‘mint.eskimo.com’ is now online running the Mint 17 Linux distribution.
Please note that the only graphical interface presently supported for this machine is x2go. If you come in with x2go please use the ‘Mate’ desktop. The x2go platform does not support desktops which require accelerated graphics or compositing desktops.