Date: 6/12/2019
Linux and Windows interoperability
Linux System Administration

X-server on Windows.
  • In order to be able to run GUI applications off of Linux remotely, you need to have an X-server on your desktop. Most of the Linux distros come with X.Org. There are commercial and open source X-servers for Windows, for example, Hummingbird Exceed, Xwin32, X.Org in Cygwin, and Xming.

  • In putty.exe on Win7 virtual host, enable X11 forwarding.
  • On Win7 virtual host, there is application Xming installed.
    It was downloaded from
  • Start XLauncher by following the steps below:

    1. 2. 3. 4. 5.

    Click "next", "next", "finish".
  • Verify that the X-server is running on the VM: click on "Show hidden icons" on the Taskbar, then bring the cursor to the Xming icon. It should show "Xming Xserver:0.0"
  • Run putty.exe and SSH to the desktop.
  • In the command prompt, run a GUI application, for example, gimp. It should start the gimp graphics editor on the desktop.

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