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Installing NoMachine NX on ArchLinux

March 1, 2011 5 comments

Pain in the butt… if you don’t know you need to specify redhat as system. From then on it’s smooth sailing. Download from nomachine.com and then:

# switch to root
cd /usr
tar xfvz <nxnode-whatever is current version now>
tar xfvz <nxclient-whatever is current version now>
tar xfvz <nxserver-whatever is current version now>
ln -s /etc/rc.d /etc/init.d
/usr/NX/scripts/setup/nxnode –install redhat
/usr/NX/scripts/setup/nxserver –install redhat
rm /etc/init.d

That’s pretty much it. You might want to create your own keys instead of the default NoMachine keys by doing /usr/NX/scripts/setup/nxserver --keygen, but it’s not required.

(Yes, I know – there is FreeNX in the Arch repositories. It works… kind of. Resuming a session from Windows to Linux and vice versa might work, but usually does not. Hence for personal use I prefer the original NoMachine distribution – the two connection limit is usually more than enough. PS: Did I say I love NX? It’s an awesome product in so many ways.)

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