Accessing the Zoo from a Mac Using FastX

Using FastX you can turn a window on a Mac into the same Linux desktop that you see when you log into a Zoo node.

To install the software on your own Mac:

  1. Go to the Yale Software Library and click on "Mac".
  2. Scroll through the list and click on "FastX".
  3. Copy the installation key that appears below the "Download Now" button; this may be 83681694-29104313.
  4. Click on the "Download Now" button and save the downloaded file as "fastx_1016.dmg" (for version 1.0.16).
  5. Click on the downloaded file "fastx_1016.dmg" to open the disk image. A "FastX" disk icon will appear on your desktop, and a folder containing a "FastX" icon will appear.
  6. Drag the "FastX" icon to the folder where you would like to save it, and launch FastX by clicking on it.
  7. Click on the green + sign in the upper left-hand corner of the FastX window. In the new window that appears:
  8. Double click on the "Zoo" entry.
  9. When the "Licensing" window appears asking for an activation key, enter 83681694-29104313 (or the number copied above) and click "OK". A new window will appear. Click "Close" to dismiss it.
  10. Quit FastX.
  11. Drag the "FastX" disk icon and then the "fastx_1016.dmg" icon to the Trash to clean up.
If you run into difficulties up to this point, seek help from a student tech or one of the instructional staff.

Once you have installed the software, do the following to run FastX:

  1. Launch FastX from the folder where you saved it.
  2. Double click on "Zoo". A "Password" box will appear, possibly behind the FastX window. (If it does not, click on the "FastX" icon that is flashing in your dock.)
  3. Enter the password for your Yale netID and click "OK". A "Start a new session" entry will appear in the FastX window.
  4. Click on "Start new session" to produce a pulldown menu and click on either "KDE" or "MATE" to choose a window manager (MATE is a light-weight version of Gnome, which is the default in the Zoo) or "Xterm" to open a terminal window.
    WARNINGS:
  5. A new window with a Zoo Linux desktop should open behind the FastX window. You may resize it by dragging on the lower left-hand corner if you prefer a different size.
  6. When you log out of the Linux desktop, close the "FastX" window by clicking the red dot in the upper left-hand corner.

Please report any errors in this set of instructions to sce @ cs.yale.edu.

Last updated 09/03/15