On desktops (terminals) running gnome I have been using KFM to pullup the icons from servers ont to the desktops. Note this is different from executing the kde or kdesktop command which pulls up a really slow complet desktop. By just starting kfm after a ssh login to the server, only the icons for that servver appears. Worked like a dream for the past 5 years but not anymore with hewer Linux distributions.
What I usually do, is to have gnome running or Afterstep on the clients.
I then telnet or ssh into the servers and execute
kfm at the prompt after which the icons appear.
Note: I do give xhost access by adding the servers there.
Well, Fedora2, SuSE 9 Slack10 and later refuses to allow kfm to load into X.
Please help to get this working .