How to view a Linux application from either Windows Vista or Mac OSX?

Posted on 2011-10-18
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
I am trying to run an installed application on a Linux Centos 5.5 box. I need to see the GUI of the application so that I can configure system settings for the app.

The actual application is FileReplicationPro. Additionally, I do have webmin installed if possible to do this through webmin.

Question by:jbrown219
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    First, install an xserver on windows or mac (

    Then you can open a tunnel via ssh/putty

    In the putty config, under Connection->SSH->X11 you can point the x display location to the local machine and X port.

    Then if you run an X app via the shell, it will connect to your desktop (windows/mac) and run just like it was native :)

    Author Comment

    I have X11 on Mac OSX and just installed the above on Windows Vista. It appears I have to generate an SSH key for the user to be able to complete the login and GUI. Any advice?

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    Im running Webmin on the LInux Centos 5.5 server/
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    Expert Comment

    You don't have to generate the keys. You may use your password repeatedly if it doesn't bother you.
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    Accepted Solution

    Were you able to get this working?

    Regarding the "ssh" key you can safely ignore this like parparov said.

    I've already given you all of the tools that you need to accomplish your goal, please accept and close this question, thanks! :)

    If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to open a new quesiton.

    Best regards,


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