Tuesday, August 28, 2012

X2Go client for Mac: connect with Unix

At my assignment, we switched to Unix development machines. Prior to this, we developed on the Microsoft SQL Server 2003 platform so I used the excellent CoRD remote desktop client to create a RDP connections.

For our new situation we're using X2Go.
x2go is an open (GPL/AGPL) source “server based computing” project. Combining the advantages of existing systems it features ease of use, performance and scalability. x2go provides you with access to your desktop as an individual as well as a corporate user - from within your own network and via the internet. x2go is not limited to particular hardware, it supports a variety of devices and architectures. x2go is open source and open minded. Like any open source project we welcome your support

There's a good X2Go client available for Mac which I use to connect to our Unix machines. I had some startup problems due to my recent OS upgrade to Mountain Lion. I noticed that X11 isn't included in Mountain Lion, so I went to XQuartz to download the latest X11 app. After install and re-login, I then went to Preferences and modified the X-Server settings. Don't click Find X11 application because it will reset the setting incorrectly.

After fiddling around with the connection settings, I managed to connect!


  • http://www.x2go.org/
  • http://cord.sourceforge.net/
  • http://www.macrumors.com/2012/02/17/apple-removes-x11-in-os-x-mountain-lion-shifts-support-to-open-source-xquartz/

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