Playing Skyrim the last week, sometimes I just missed Linux so terribly that I wanted a piece of it and not just the command line version. I wanted X Windows on my Windows 7.
There has been a solution for this for several years and the first time I did this, I installed cygwin with X11 but there is a far simpler way to accomplish this.
Install XMing. I then used putty, which has the forward X11 option. Once logged in, running xeyes shows the window exported onto my Windows 7. Ah.. so much better.
I actually used this to run terminator to connect to a number of servers. Over local LAN, the windows didn’t have any perceptible lag or delay. It was more or less like running it locally.
It is possible to set up shortcuts to run an application through putty and have it exported to your desktop. I haven’t played with this enough to comment though.
This of course only worked because I have another box which is running Linux. If that is not the case for you, then you might want to try VirtualBox but since the linux kernel developers have described the kernel modules as tainted crap, you might want to consider vmware instead which is an excellent product.
Yesterday, I mentioned a problem that I’ve been having with GNOME 3 on Ubuntu 11.10.
Essentially what happens is that when I leave my desktop for a while, under specific circumstances, and often, on returning and moving the mouse or using the keyboard, the pointer would come back on screen. However, this only works on one of my two screens.
The unlock dialog does not show up and it seems that there is no way to get back in.
In the past, I would log into the terminal (Ctrl-Alt-F1 or any function key through to F5 or so) and
$ kill -9 -1
This would of course kill all processes owned by me and is therefore unpleasant at best and have you losing a bunch of work at worst.
After a brainwave yesterday (as detailed in the aforementioned post), I decided to check the status of the screensaver and killed just those processes. Happily, this gives me my desktop back. However, my gnome-shell had given up which I had to restart
$ gnome-shell --replace
Unfortunately, I did not get the windows into the original workspaces since everything just got dumped into the one workspace but it is better than having to kill everything off.
EDIT: I just realised that the screen saver of course no longer kicks in and I had to restart it
$ gnome-screensaver --no-daemon