X on Windows 10
Run Cygserver for Shared Memory Support
Open a Cygwin terminal in administrator mode and run
This should print the following output, confirming that the service is has been installed and is running
Overwrite existing /etc/cygserver.conf file? (yes/no) yes Generating /etc/cygserver.conf file Warning: The following function requires administrator privileges! Do you want to install cygserver as service? (Say "no" if it's already installed as service) (yes/no) yes The service has been installed under LocalSystem account. To start it, call `net start cygserver' or `cygrunsrv -S cygserver'. Further configuration options are available by editing the configuration file /etc/cygserver.conf. Please read the inline information in that file carefully. The best option for the start is to just leave it alone. Basic Cygserver configuration finished. Have fun!
The Cygwin/X X Server
Cygwin/X is a X server for Windows that enable running remote X applications.
Cygwin/X Installation on Windows
Run Cygwin's usual setup-x8664.exe_ program to install the following software
- xfce4-session (The xfce desktop environment and window manager. There are other options, but this is fairly light and small.)
Setup on remote Linux machine
Enable X11 forwarding in /etc/ssh/sshdconfig_ by writing out (or uncommenting this line)
The program xauth should be installed.
Ensure you can ssh into your Linux machine from Windows.
Start an X session on your local Windows machine
Start an X session using the XLaunch GUI tool on Windows. Search for the application at Windows' start menu and run it. It is worthwhile to pin it to your task bar or start menu, otherwise you have to search for it every time.
The GUI options are self-explanatory. Chose the "start with no client" option because we don't want to do anything fancy right now, but play around from the terminal later.
Now open a Cygwin shell and run
and wait a while, don't give up. Soon a window will appear with a full fledged X desktop (xfce in my case). That is your local X server presenting you with an X desktop. Now to do things remotely close all this and go back to your Cygwin terminal.
Set the DISPLAY environment variable
$ export DISPLAY=:0.0
Now ssh into the remote Linux machine
$ ssh -v -Y rup@gablu
The -v is optional but it helps to see verbose output initially to be able to debug any connection or configuration issues.
To test, run the xlogo program in the remote shell
A small square window should pop up on your Windows desktop displaying the X logo. This confirms that you can now run remote X applications from Windows. Invoke any GUI application from the remote shell and your local X server should be able to present you that inside a window.