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post #21 of 24
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I finally had the time to try it out, but I ran into a couple of issues:

1. What theme is this and where does it come from? It's definitely not Ubuntu Unity, which is what's running on the server...
Actually I'm not entirely sure on that one. You can change the theme by bringing up the settings manager (whatever it's called in Ubuntu), but I can't guarantee that those settings will be persistent.
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2. When I tried to start Firefox (using the same user account) on another machine, I got the following error message. It would be nice if the second machine could take over the first machine's session in these cases, which would make the browsing session entirely portable.
Sessions are portable per user in that you can save Firefox settings and open tabs then restore then when you next login regardless of what PC you client is on. But you can't grab existing sessions that are running in the same way that VNC / RDP does (or at least I've not learned of a way to do that).

In terms of having several users on at a time, you'd just create additional users in Ubuntu.
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3. While YouTube videos worked surprisingly well (much better than they do over standard Remote Desktop and almost as good as RemoteFX), there was no sound. I guess that kinda makes sense seeing as how sound isn't part of a window manager, but is there anything out there I can run alongside Xming that will transport the audio stream?
oh crap, i didn't even consider audio. Sorry mate.
You can tunnel audio through SSH as well, but I've never done it and I gather it's quite fiddly to set up. Sorry redface.gif
post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by Peon View Post

I finally had the time to try it out, but I ran into a couple of issues:

1. What theme is this and where does it come from? It's definitely not Ubuntu Unity, which is what's running on the server...


I don't think that's the way it works. You've got your Ubuntu box, which has Unity, forwarding to your windows X server. The X server is the one that puts on the display. The X connection is the one that forwards only the content. So I assume that X for windows isn't as fancy as Unity, so that just what it's going to display.
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2. When I tried to start Firefox (using the same user account) on another machine, I got the following error message. It would be nice if the second machine could take over the first machine's session in these cases, which would make the browsing session entirely portable.

Yes, apparently you can't use the same FF profile across 2 instances. What you can do is this to make multiple profiles:

1. Go to your $FIREFOX_HOME directory (that's not real variable; just substitute whatever directory holds your firefox's Profiles folder; for me in OSX it's ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox)

2. Edit your profiles.ini file to something like the following:
Code:
[General]
StartWithLastProfile=0  #Makes FF ask you every time at startup which profile you want to use

[Profile0]
Name=<name of profile without the <> brackets>
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/<8-digit number consisting of lowercase letters and numbers>.default

[Profile1]
Name=<name of 2nd profile without the <> brackets>
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/b39ed58e.default
Default=1

[Profile2]
Name=Testing
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/he95dj83.Testing

And then on the next machine, you could use the next profile... etc. I also wonder if you could soft-link the profile directory (e.g. b39ed58e.default) to another fake one and call that a "profile" in your profiles.ini. I don't know what the chances of that working out are, but it might help you use 1 profile across 2 machines.


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3. While YouTube videos worked surprisingly well (much better than they do over standard Remote Desktop and almost as good as RemoteFX), there was no sound. I guess that kinda makes sense seeing as how sound isn't part of a window manager, but is there anything out there I can run alongside Xming that will transport the audio stream?

I don't know if X forwards sound.
post #23 of 24
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I don't think that's the way it works. You've got your Ubuntu box, which has Unity, forwarding to your windows X server. The X server is the one that puts on the display. The X connection is the one that forwards only the content. So I assume that X for windows isn't as fancy as Unity, so that just what it's going to display.
Sure you can. I've ran themes over X before
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Originally Posted by The Hundred Gunner View Post

Yes, apparently you can't use the same FF profile across 2 instances. What you can do is this to make multiple profiles:

1. Go to your $FIREFOX_HOME directory (that's not real variable; just substitute whatever directory holds your firefox's Profiles folder; for me in OSX it's ~/Library/Application Support/Firefox)

2. Edit your profiles.ini file to something like the following:
Code:
[General]
StartWithLastProfile=0  #Makes FF ask you every time at startup which profile you want to use

[Profile0]
Name=<name of profile without the <> brackets>
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/<8-digit number consisting of lowercase letters and numbers>.default

[Profile1]
Name=<name of 2nd profile without the <> brackets>
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/b39ed58e.default
Default=1

[Profile2]
Name=Testing
IsRelative=1
Path=Profiles/he95dj83.Testing

And then on the next machine, you could use the next profile... etc. I also wonder if you could soft-link the profile directory (e.g. b39ed58e.default) to another fake one and call that a "profile" in your profiles.ini. I don't know what the chances of that working out are, but it might help you use 1 profile across 2 machines.
Separate user accounts would be easier imo
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I don't know if X forwards sound.
Not by default, but it can do.
post #24 of 24
Well if you can do all of that stuff with X, I don't know how.

The linking to an old profile to use the same session doesn't work, by the way; I just tried it.
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