A reminder on X

I know I’ll need this again, so I am making a post out of it.  If you are running a DragonFly system through NVMM using the excellent site instructions, and you want X apps to display on a local Windows workstation, you need to:

  1. Install VcXsrv (or your X server of choice) on Windows and start it up.
  2. Install xauth and xterm on the DragonFly host.
  3. On the DragonFly host, set these three options in /etc/ssh/sshd_config.  They are already there but commented out with different arguments.
    X11Forwarding yes
    X11DisplayOffset 0
    X11UseLocalhost yes
  4. Reload sshd: ‘service sshd reload’.
  5. ‘Enable X11 Forwarding’ under Connection -> SSH -> X11 in the puTTY setup dialog.

Connect to the DragonFly host with puTTY, type ‘xterm’, and a terminal window should appear on your Windows desktop within a few seconds.  This could be turned into a shortcut with puTTY to avoid having redundant terminals, but I’m not writing that out yet.


DragonFly 6.2.1 released!

But wait, you say, what about 6.2.0?  I performed my biyearly tagging error and screwed up the 6.2.0 tag, so we’re releasing with 6.2.1.  On the plus side, this last minute redo let two bug fixes creep in that would have been in a later 6.2.1 anyway.  This will be your first chance to try NVMM/Qemu support if you follow releases and not bleeding edge.

The release notes have the details, including the new, improved build process, and a link to the surprisingly-large list of all the changes and closed bugs.