NOTE: Steps on this page have not yet been tested, so please do not rely on them until we have vetted it.
We support several applications that run through the X Window System. These include...
- Logisim (POCO)
- an implementation of OpenGL (Graphics)
As a user
If you run...
- a Mac: Install and run XQuartz. At your terminal, enter
defaults write org.macosforge.xquartz.X11 enable_iglx -bool true. Then running ssh -Y tools.cs.earlham.edu at your Terminal app should open the app appropriately.
- a Windows 10 machine: see below (we don't support pre-10 versions of Windows)
- a Linux OS: You probably need nothing extra, so open your terminal and run ssh -Y tools.cs.earlham.edu.
Putty and Xming is the configuration with the least overhead. If all you need is remote forwarding of X applications to your Windows machine, and you don't intend to do much with Linux locally, use them.
Download and install Putty and Xming. Launch Xming (it may be a big gray screen to start with). Then launch and configure Putty:
- Main screen>Hostname: tools.cs.earlham.edu
- SSH>X11>: toggle "Enable X forwarding" on and set display to "localhost:0"
- Main screen>Saved sessions>Type "Graphics" in the box and click "Save Session" so you don't have to do this every time.
As an admin
Firewall or other issues may cause X forwarding problems, but in general setting up an app to use X forwarding doesn't require much extra work (Logisim, for example, worked "out of the box" with the commands above).