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X2Go Desktop Bindings

To integrate X2Go fluently into your desktop, we provide desktop binding tools for the most common desktop environments. The following desktops are supported:

  • GNOMEv2 (v2.x)
  • MATE (v1.x)
  • KDE/Plasma (v4.x)
  • LXDE (v5.x)
  • Trinity (KDE3 fork, v3.5.x) → planned FIXME
  • XFCE4 (v4.x) → not planned yet, but requested by the community (help welcome)

:!: Note:

The old project x2gokdebindings (desktop bindings for KDE3 as in Debian lenny and before) is discontinued and gets replaced by the bindings for the Trinity desktop.

The functionalities offered by the desktop bindings are:

  • integrate functionalities around Local Folder Sharing (SSHFS mounted client shares) into the destkop
  • menu item for suspending X2Go sessions (not in LXDE)
  • remove non-remote desktop menu items (like suspend-2-RAM, suspend-2-Disk, shutdown and reboot menu items) from X2Go desktops

NOTE: All desktop binding packages have to be installed on the X2Go server(s).

:!: Before you begin!

Installation of the desktop bindings are currently only provided as Debian/Ubuntu packages. Please make sure that you have added the x2go repository to your package management system. The required steps are described here (Debian) and here (Ubuntu)

Desktop Bindings for GNOME (v2.x)

X2Go bindings for GNOMEv2 (package name: x2gognomebindings) will add additional X2Go-related functionality to your GNOMEv2 Desktop.

:!: Note: The package x2gognomebindings is not available on systems that ship a GNOMEv3 desktop environment.

Installation

$ aptitude install x2gognomebindings

Usage

X2Go GNOMEv2 desktop bindings take care of mounted X2Go shares (local client folder sharing). If a client share is mounted via your X2Go client application, a desktop icon appears that allows the user to start GNOMEv2'S file browser nautilus opening the mounted (SSHFS) share.

The X2Go GNOMEv2 desktop package defines a set of desktop icons and MIME types so that mounted client shares get associated to opening Nautilus.

The X2Go GNOMEv2 desktop bindings package also adds a context menu item that allows the X2Go session user to unmount shared client folders by right-clicking on their desktop icons.

The X2Go GNOMEv2 desktop bindings package furtheron adds a Systen menu item to your GNOMEv2 panel. Users will be able to suspend their X2Go sessions with just a click on a menu entry: SystemSuspend X2Go Session.

Desktop Bindings for MATE (v1.x)

X2Go bindings for MATE (package name: x2gomatebindings) will add additional X2Go-related functionality to your MATE Desktop.

Installation

$ aptitude install x2gomatebindings

Usage

X2Go MATE desktop bindings take care of mounted X2Go shares (local client folder sharing). If a client share is mounted via your X2Go client application, a desktop icon appears that allows the user to start MATE'S file browser caja opening the mounted (SSHFS) share.

The X2Go MATE desktop package defines a set of desktop icons and MIME types so that mounted client shares get associated to opening Caja.

The X2Go MATE desktop bindings package also adds a context menu item that allows the X2Go session user to unmount shared client folders by right-clicking on their desktop icons.

The X2Go MATE desktop bindings package furtheron adds a Systen menu item to your MATE panel. Users will be able to suspend their X2Go sessions with just a click on a menu entry: SystemSuspend X2Go Session.

Desktop Bindings for KDE/Plasma (v4.x)

X2Go bindings for KDE/Plasma offer an X2Go plasmoid for the Plasma desktop framework. The X2Go plasmoid adds additional X2Go-related functionality to your KDE/Plasma Desktop (package name: plasma-widget-x2go).

Installation

:!: Note: this package has undergone some renamings in 2011; from x2goplasmoid to x2goplasmoidbindings, to plasma-widget-x2go.

$ aptitude install plasma-widget-x2go

Usage

After the installation every KDE4/Plasma user on the server has the possibility to add the X2Go plasmoid applet to the desktop or to the taskbar (recommended). Note: the X2Go plasmoid is not available on the user desktops directly after installation, it has to be integrated into the desktop by each individual user.

Once the X2Go plasmoid has been added to desktop or taskbar, the plasmoid will notify you about newly mounted client-side shared folders. You will be able to launch KDE4's file browser dolphin by left-clicking on one of these shares, you also have the possiblity to unmount/eject those shares.

At the bottom of the X2Go plasmoid's applet box area, you have a link that allows you to suspend your current X2Go session.

FIXME, on the wishlist: Remove Suspend (to RAM) and Hibernate menu items from KDE4 start menu.

Desktop Bindings for LXDE (v5.x)

X2Go bindings for LXDE (package name: x2golxdebindings) will add additional X2Go-related functionality to your LXDE Desktop.

Installation

$ aptitude install x2golxdebindings

Usage

X2Go LXDE desktop bindings take care of mounted X2Go shares (local client folder sharing). If a client share is mounted via your X2Go client application, a desktop icon appears that allows the user to start LXDE's file browser pcmanfm opening the mounted (SSHFS) share.

The X2Go LXDE bindings desktop package defines a set of desktop icons and MIME types so that mounted client shares get associated to opening pcmanfm.

FIXME, currently not implemented, but on our wishlist: The X2Go LXDE desktop bindings package also adds a context menu item that allows the X2Go session user to unmount shared client folders by right-clicking on their desktop icons.

FIXME, currently not implemented, but on our wishlist: The X2Go LXDE desktop bindings package furtheron adds a menu item to your LXDE start menu. Users will be able to suspend their X2Go sessions with just a click on a menu entry: Suspend X2Go Session.

Desktop Bindings for Trinity (v3.5.x)

:!: WARNING:

The desktop bindings for the Trinity desktop are planned and there already exists a Git project in the X2Go Git VCS. There already appears a package x2gotrinitybindings in the nightly-built package repositories (Debian/Ubuntu), but the code is very dysfunctional and not usable at all.

Desktop Bindings for XFCE4 (v4.x)

:!: WARNING:

There currently are no desktop bindings for the XFCE4 desktop, but there has been a request from the community to work on that. Any help on this is appreciated, it might be fertile to adapt the x2gognomebindings package for that purpose. Please contact the developers on the X2Go developers mailing list.
wiki/advanced/desktopbindings.txt · Last modified: 2013/12/29 00:28 by sunweaver