If you have followed the blog for long enough, it is no news to you that up untill now I use an old Dell latitude D610 as my main computer. I’ve been working on this modern Dinosaur since 2010, when I first started as a feelance. About a month ago, I decided it was time to buy a new computer, despite the fact that the old computer still works pretty well. I now have a brand new computer that runs on a quad core AMD chip, and has the humble amount of 4GB of memory. 4GB may not be much this days, but it is still double what I have on the D610.
Untill a couple of days ago, the new computer was just sitting there. I decided I would not let my money go to waste, and set up the new computer. I made space for it on the desk, and set it there with an external monitor. (In fact, I bought a new desk to fit this new machine). Until today, I’ve been using that computer just as a firefox house, playing some music on youtube, and searching for stuff on the web, while I try to little by little get rid of my 50+ firefox tabs on the D610. However, the objective is to gradually move all my work environment to this new computer, and leave the old one as a server. The first step is clear: Find a way to access the old computer (running linux) from the new computer, which runs windows 7. I first thought of installing an FTP server, but I decided I would much rather work over SSH than FTP. So, this is what I did:
1) Installed PuTTy on Windows.
Installing programs on windows is pretty easy: you download the executable file, open it, and follow instructions. The intaller can be downloaded from http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/download.html
I went for the “installer for everything except PuTTYtel” mostly because I was too lazy to install puTTY and pscp separately.
At some point I considered copSSH, just because it integrates a client as well as a server, but gave it up when they asked for my email to download the software. I get more than enough spam, so, thanks but no thanks.
The second step was to install an ssh server on the D610, which runs ubuntu.
That is even simpler than what we did on the windows machine. Just open the terminal and enter:
sudo apt-get install openssh-server
That was all. I can now ssh into the ubuntu box from the windows machine.
I think I’m little by little getting away from that sick relationship I have with ubuntu. I am finding myself more and moe annoyed with ubuntu every day. I am not hopping windows will be better, but at least, when I want another linux distro, I will not fall for ubuntu again.
So, what is next? I think next I will install an FTP server, just becuase wordpress sometimes needs one. Then I might install some version manager system. But the real next steps is to start using the windows machine more and leaving the ubuntu box as just a server.
Some links that were useful, or maybe not, are recorded here for future reference: