Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Gettin' lots of help lately...

The following is a copy of a post I sent to the edubuntu-users list of which I'm a thankful member. There will be a few posts in the following days of shout-outs to different people for the help they've provided along with a bit of detail. The following involved a simple solution--the others are move involved...

Thanks Richard [Doyle],

Ecstatic would clearly describe my emotional state when I VPNed into the district intranet, freenxed into the server, opened the Terminal in the gui that appeared, typed 'sudo reboot', and then a few minutes later, I was able to freeNX into that server and saw the beautiful Edubuntu desktop once again!

All I did was, (from this page: http://help.ubuntu.com/community/FreeNX):

Open your apt sources list

gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list

and append the two lines for the repository

deb http://ppa.launchpad.net/freenx-team/ubuntu hardy main
deb-src http://ppa.launchpad.net/freenx-team/ubuntu hardy main
I customized it to 'hardy' but any of the following that apply, work (it says): dapper, hardy or intrepid.

Then I tried to:
  1. Save and then close.
  2. Then Update Apt sudo apt-get update

  3. After you add the repository, then install the freenx package (using Aptitude to install extra needed packages). sudo aptitude install freenx

But couldn't get passed the message that the keys didn't match or something upon doing step 2, above. So, I went to Synaptic (got that from another page), searched for 'freenx' and then selected the 'freenx' app for upgrade, applied it, ignored the security warnings, and installed it.

Then, I opened freenx, configured it (don't choose to disable the security encoding as it runs on port 22 and you will get an error message.) Then, I downloaded the client version for my mac laptop, configured it... and it worked :-).

One more barrier removed!

BTW--I recommend FreeNX to anyone using VNC currently, it looks a lot nicer and is smoother/more responsive.


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