This howto will explain to you how to install a frontend on your server which is accessible via NX. This tutorial is for Debian based systems, and has been tested on an FlexServ (RPS).

1. Check the basic Debian setup.

We need to modify the sources.list

vi /etc/apt/sources.list

Add the following 2 lines:

deb etch main contrib non-free
deb-src etch main contrib non-free

Close and save (:wq) and run this command to update:

apt-get update

Then check if your system is up to date, and if necessary install updates.

apt-get dist-upgrade

2. Installing the X window manager xorg.

Just type in:

apt-get install xserver-xorg-core xorg

There will be a few questions at the end, for now just go with the defaults.

3. The Login Manager

Now you have 3 options. You can install any of the following Login Manager’s. Your options are:

  1. KDM
    KDM is probably the best if you want to use KDE
  2. GDM
    GDM is probably the best if you want to use Gnome
  3. XDM
    XDM is probably the best if you want to use Fluxbox or XFCE

Once you have chosen one of the GUIs run one of the following three commands:

apt-get install kdm
apt-get install gdm
apt-get install xdm

4. The GUI

Now again, you have a choice of different Graphical User Interfaces.

  1. KDE
    Personally my favourite on Debian
  2. Gnome
    My favourite on Ubuntu
  3. Fluxbox
    Never used it
  4. XFCE4
    Never used it

Once you have chosen one of the GUIs run one of the following three commands:

apt-get install kde
apt-get install gnome
apt-get install xfce4
apt-get install fluxbox

Thats all for the base setup.

5. Reboot

You should reboot to make sure the X server starts.

shutdown -r now

6. Create your user

Once your server has rebooted, and you have relogged in, you should create a user which you will use for the GUI.

adduser mynewusername

6. Getting the NX packages

Now we need to setup the NX server, so that you are able to connect to the server from your home. So you need to download the NX server pacakges:


7. Installing the NX packages

As you have the packages now in your directory, you need to install them via dpkg.

dpkg -i nxclient_3.1.0-2_i386.deb
dpkg -i nxnode_3.1.0-3_i386.deb
dpkg -i nxserver_3.1.0-2_i386.deb

8. The Services

Now we need to make sure the services are running.

/etc/init.d/ssh restart
/etc/init.d/nxserver restart

9. The Browser

Last, but not least… well actually least … Firefox! You will need a nice Browser, so Firefox is the way to go.

apt-get install firefox

Now you’re system is setup and you’re ready to use it. Simply setup your NX Client and have fun!

If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask me or just leave a comment.

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Hey everybody,

just wanted to say Merry Christmas to all of you out there. In the next few days, I will create a tutorial on how to setup the AsteriskGUI on an Debian 4.0 etch machine. If you’re interested in testing this, just comment here 🙂

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