Pseudo Remote Desktop with SSH

This is so simple.  I wish it was this easy on Windows.  And, I wish windows had a clean way to do something like SSH anyway.

local$ xhost+
local$ ssh -X machine-name
remote$ run any gui program

And so, right there, I can run a program on the remote machine and display it back to my local machine.  This is nothing new.   I was doing this 10+ years ago on Solaris systems, albeit done with rsh which is a very insecure way of doing it.

As a note, the above is also insecure.  I should be granting access to specific machines and not using “xhost+” which opens display back from any machine.  But since this is my network, I feel pretty safe.


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