FreeNX 0.6.0

NOTE: The method for accessing FreeNX in the Design Center has changed. The contents of this document have been updated to reflect that change. Please follow them carefully to be able to use the new, simplified configuration.

Date of last revision: 2/13/2007

FreeNX is a server that allows remote graphical access to Unix systems in the Design Center in a secure and bandwidth efficient way. (It'll even work over a modem)

FreeNX 0.6.0 help index:


Server Functionality

Client Functionality


On the machine from which you wish to connect (ie, your home computer) you'll need to download the appropriate NX client for either:





(You want the client to match the OS you're running on the computer you're connecting from, not the computer you're connecting to.)

Now install the client as you would any program on your client OS.

Running FreeNX 0.6.0

When starting up the NX client for the first time, you'll be entered into the setup wizard. The important settings are:

Click "Next" Click "Next" Click "Finish" Now you're sitting at the NX session/login prompt. Click "Login" and you should be authenticated and see the graphical environment you set up. (KDE by default) Use the system as you would if you were sitting locally on a DC workstation.

Mentor Graphics

Windows Clients - (Needs to be done only once)

  1. Start "NX Client for Windows"
  2. Select the appropriate session
  3. Click the "Configure..." button
  4. Select the "Environment" tab
  5. Check "Use font server"
  6. Set "Host" to ""
  7. Set "Port" to "7100"
  8. Select the "About" tab
  9. Verify that you are running a version >= 1.5.0-138 (If not, upgrade now)
  10. Click the "Save" button
  11. Click the "Ok" button
  12. Log into NX as you normally would

Unix Clients - (Needs to be done each time you run nxclient)

  1. $ xset +fp tcp/
  2. $ xset fp rehash
  3. $ nxclient
  4. Log-in to NX normally
  5. Start a terminal in the NX session
  6. (Do normal mentor graphics stuff here)
  7. (Anything else you want to do in NX)
  8. Logout of NX
  9. $ xset fp default
  10. $ xset fp rehash


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