[K12OSN] FreeNX and web companion

Rob Owens rowens at ptd.net
Thu Mar 27 20:29:33 UTC 2008

On Thu, Mar 27, 2008 at 08:16:26AM -0500, Les Mikesell wrote:
> Brian Chivers wrote:
> >Les Mikesell wrote:
> >>Brian Chivers wrote:
> >>>I've setup FreeNX OK on our test k12ltspel5 server and can connect OK 
> >>>using the NoMachine client but I'd like to try the Web Companion 
> >>>thingy so you can access it via a browser.
> >>>
> >>>Has anyone done this with FreeNX and if so any nice simple 
> >>>instruction would be gratefully received :-)
> >>
> >>What web companion thingy?
> >>
> >
> >Allows you to access the FreeNX server through a web browser so there is 
> >no client to install.
> I haven't had a chance to try this yet but the usual difference is that 
> the NX commercial server always uses the same ssh key for the nx user's 
> initial connection where freenx creates a new one when installed.  So 
> somewhere there should be a place where you have to make the client key 
> match the one on your server.

You can also run:

nxsetup --setup-nomachine-key

and this will install the default nomachine key on the server, meaning that configuring the clients will be somewhat easier.  I recommend doing this on a small LAN, but not for an nx server that's accessible over the internet.  Using a custom key (as freenx on CentOS does) helps prevent a man-in-the-middle attack.


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