#### Overview FastX is a commercial solution that enables users to start an X11 desktop environment on a remote system. It is available on the Rivanna frontends. Using it is equivalent to logging in at the console of the frontend.

Using FastX for the Web

We recommend that most users access FastX through its Web interface. To connect, point a browser to:


Login Screen

FastX Web Login

After entering your computing ID and Netbadge password, you will see a launch screen.


Launch

In this example, we have no pre-existing sessions so we must create one. Click the Launch Session button. This will bring up a screen showing the options.

FastX Web Launch


Launch MATE

Most users will choose the MATE desktop.

  1. Click on the green MATE icon. Text showing the choice will appear in the box below it.
  2. Click the Launch button to start your session.

If you are running a popup blocker in your browser, a request will appear that you unblock this site. Once you do so, you can click the button to continue to your session. After a short wait, your desktop will appear.

FastX Web Session Options


Desktop

The toolbar at the top controls FastX behavior. If the desktop does not automatically expand to the browser screen, the user can click the double arrow. The pushpin pins the toolbar to the screen.

FastX Web Desktop Environment


Logout

When you are done, you can log out by selecting Logout from the System menu. This will terminate your FastX Web session.

FastX Web Logout


Resume

If you close the browser tab with the desktop, your session will be suspended rather than terminated. You can go back to the launch tab and click the thumbnail of your desktop. To resume the session, click the arrow (play) button.

FastX Web Resume Session


Terminate Session

To terminate the session, either select Terminate from the Actions dropdown menu, or click the close symbol. Please terminate sessions if you do not plan to use them in the near future.