Intro to X Forwarding
Unix machines have been able to run software on a remote machine and display the GUI locally for almost two decades. Linux and Mac OS X support X Forwarding with no extra software. Any terminal on Linux should do X Forwarding, Mac users need to run Applications > Utilities > XTerm. In a command line terminal run ssh -Y email@example.com matlab and you'll be running matlab on compute.example.edu but seeing it on your desktop.
Windows users need two pieces of software: an secure shell program (ssh) to establish the remote connection and an X Server to handle the local display.
1. Add Unix hostname
2. Switch Protocol to SSH
3. Type name of session in saved sessions
4. Click 'Save'
5. Choose 'Tunnels' from 'Category' list
6. Check 'Enable X11 Forwarding'
7. Choose 'Session' from 'Category' list
8. Click 'Save'
Starting the X Server on Windows
Just run All Programs > Xming Xming and it should work if you've got PuTTY configured.
1. Start Putty
2. Double click on the saved session you want
4. Enter username and password as requested
5. You should now be able to run X applications from the host on your local desktop
If you need help, please email at firstname.lastname@example.org