[TUHS] X, Suntools, and the like

Steffen Nurpmeso steffen at sdaoden.eu
Fri Mar 17 22:39:35 AEST 2017


Larry McVoy <lm at mcvoy.com> wrote:
 |On Fri, Mar 17, 2017 at 12:04:57AM +0100, Josh Good wrote:
 |> On 2017 Mar 15, 09:40, Kurt H Maier wrote:
 |>> Your usage habits are not natural laws.  I'm a systems administrator
 |>> too, and I use X11 forwarding every single day, on dozens of different
 |>> programs.  
 ...
 |> I don't use X11 forwarding because it works bad/slow over WAN links,
 ...
 |I'm a huge X11 fan, use remote display all the time (I'm reading this
 |mail on slovax.mcvoy.com but I'm on a laptop so when mutt needs to
 |display a photo or a word doc or whatever, that's all remote X over
 |wifi, it "works" well enough that I use it a lot).

And it makes it possible to run browsers in a separate KVM into
which you log in with X11 forwarding enabled, for very insecure
things, and if your machine is strong enough.  Matthew Dillon of
DragonflyBSD posted[1] a nice recipe of separating privileges via
several different user accounts on the same machine (as in "ssh
dfw1 at localhost -n \"setenv DISPLAY :0.0; firefox\""), onto
which i added the additional KVM separation; a pain on my small
box with todays internet, however.  But possible.  And i am hoping
for improved virtual graphics, they are working on that!

--steffen


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