Remote Desktop using OpenNX

OpenNX Client

OpenNX gives you a fast secure remote desktop. It can work even over dial-up. With broadband, it comes close to being at the console.

OpenNX works with Windows and Linux. On Macs it has issues with key mapping that render it unusable. On Mac platforms, I would either NoMachine's 4 client or Chicken VNC.

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

Please do not skip steps 7 through 10, even if a key is already present. If you do not download and import the key, you will get an authentication error.
  1. Download the OpenNX client from the OpenNX website.

  2. OpenNX includes three programs, the OpenNX client, the OpenNX Connection Manager, and the OpenNX Sessions Manager.

    Start the OpenNX Connection Manager. Click on Next >

  3. Fill in the session name with something that is meaningful to you to tell you where you are connecting to, such as "Eskimo Shellx". This is for your use, the client doesn't really care what you name the connection.

    Fill in the host with "".

    The port should be "22".

    Generally for a DSL connection or Cable Modem, a speed setting of "ADSL" is optimal.

    Click on Next >

  4. Select "Unix" for the operating system. It is actually Linux which legally isn't Unix but is functionally equivalent.

    Select either "Gnome" or "KDE" desktop. We are more familiar with and thus better able to support Gnome.

    Select the desired screen size. You can change this in the future through the configuration option in the client.

    Click on Next >

  5. Don't check "Use SmartCard".

    If it isn't automatically checked on your platform, check "enable SSL encryption of all traffic".

    Click on Next >

  6. Whether or not you check "Create a shortcut on desktop" is a matter of personal preference.

    Check "Show the Advanced Configuration dialog".

    Click on Finish

    The Advanced Configuration dialog box will pop-up.

  7. Click on this link to download shellx.key and save it to your desktop.

    Click on Key ...

    A Key Management box will pop-up.

  8. Click on Import

    A finder window will pop-up.

  9. Select the "shellx.key" file that you just downloaded.

    Click on Open

  10. The key should now show up in the Key Management window.

    Click on Save

  11. Fill in your login (all lower case), your password (case sensitive), and then select the session name you gave the session in step 3.

    Click on Login

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

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

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