I didn't want to hijack IGF's other thread, well more than already done, so I started a new one. ssh and x windows. There is nothing better IMHO to manage multiple computers whether in the home or office. You need both the openssh-server and openssh-client. Openssh is an open implementation of Secure SHell. That is from one computer you can shell into another system. Open a terminal (shell) and type commands and with a *nix system things happen. Real men don't do windows. OK, now; linux3@45acp:~$ ssh linux3@9mm <enter> After entering my passwd I would be in effect 'sitting at 9mm'. I'm local on that system and I can do anything I have permission to do. Great for management and way, way faster than VNC. But it gets better. Before I ssh into 9mm linux3@45acp:~$ xhost 9mm <enter> ; I have now given 9mm permission to open the display on my system, 45acp. linux3@45acp:~$ ssh linux3@9mm <enter> OK, now I'm on 9mm right. linux3@9mm:~$ firefox & <enter> And now firefox will open and run on the display on 45acp but it's the configuration and such from my account on 9mm. Or whichever account you ssh'd into. It doesn't have to be you, you just need the username and passwd. You can run any gui from 9mm and have it appear on 45acp. You don't need to remote the whole desktop, just what you want / need. This is the joy of the client/server program that is xwindows and life would not be as sweet without it. When my mother calls and says her printer isn't working correctly I can ssh into her system and run system-configuration-printer and see what she's messed with now. I can run the display manager or anything and check the system out. Fast, fast. Want to move some files between systems? Open a shell and linux3@45acp:~$ sftp linux3@9mm <enter> The simple 'get' and 'put' commands move files around. I can manage 30 desktop systems by opening 30 shells, one per, on my desktop and then a simple cut and paste of commands into the shells and I've upgraded or whatever on all of them.