S6E19: "A Remote Chance"

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In this episode, we talk about remote management viewing tools you may not be aware of.

Just the Tip

  • Paden talks about direnv, a tool that will apply environment variables conditionally based on which directory your PWD is.
    • Paden and I generally find it an unnecessary overcomplication.


Starts at 26m29s.

I was drinking a “Black Christmas” (black spiced rum and apple cider). Paden was drinking water. Jthan was drinking Hogback High Wheat bourbon.

  • Remote management tools
    • Apache Guacamole
      • HTML5-based VNC, RDP, and SSH client.
    • Chrome Remote Desktop is pretty cool for supporting non-technical family members, etc.
    • Gnome-terminal (and a slew of other terminal emulators) have tab support, which is handy for SSH
      • But if you’re looking for something with a couple more features (and some cool stuff like mirroring text input/mouse actions/etc. across multiple machines at once), check out Vinagre.
      • Remmina is, I think, the best remote management viewer tool I’ve used. Hands-down.
        • It’s very similar to RDCMan, if you’re on Windows (which is quite serviceable, and probably the best Windows option for RDP viewing).
    • Slightly related is byobu, which is some fantastic sugar over GNU screen or tmux.
      • Some people swear by MobaXTerm but it’s kind of trash. At that point just use something like MTPuTTY.
    • X2Go is your answer for Terminal Services/Remote Desktop Services functionality on Linux targets.
      • GDM can be used remotely via XDMCP.
    • Stuff like Citrix can safely be considered entirely obsolete. They are (should be) no longer relevant in the industry.

15 Clams

In this segment, Jthan shares with you a little slice of life. The title is a reference to this video. (2m16s in)

Starts at 51m40s.

Jthan wants to use minikube now since Docker Desktop changed licensing and shit.


  • It was indeed “almost November” when we recorded the episode. :)
  • Some dude’s wife really left him mid-review of whiskey.
  • Passing env vars to a parent process in Linux is literally impossible, Jthan. It’s not doing what you think it’s doing.
  • NoMachine is actually still owned and developed by NoMachine (the company).
    • FreeNX is a viewer client only. There doesn’t seem to be a F/OSS NoMachine daemon option.


Music Credits
Track Title Artist Link Copyright/License
Intro Mini West Floating Mind click CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0
Outro Well Being Crennwiick click CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0
(All music is royalty-free, properly licensed for use, used under fair use, or public domain.)



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