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:
If you run into difficulties up to this point, seek help from a student tech or
one of the instructional staff.
- Go to the Yale Software Library
and click on "Mac".
- Scroll through the list and click on "FastX".
- Copy the installation key that appears below the "Download Now" button;
this may be 83681694-29104313.
- Click on the "Download Now" button and save the downloaded file as
"fastx_1016.dmg" (for version 1.0.16).
- 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.
- Drag the "FastX" icon to the folder where you would like to save it,
and launch FastX by clicking on it.
- Click on the green + sign in the upper left-hand corner of the FastX
window. In the new window that appears:
- Enter "Zoo" in the Name field.
- Enter "node.zoo.cs.yale.edu" in the Host field.
- Do not change the Port field.
- Enter your Yale netID in the User field.
- Click "Save" to save the configuration.
- Double click on the "Zoo" entry.
- 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.
- Quit FastX.
- Drag the "FastX" disk icon and then the "fastx_1016.dmg" icon to the
Trash to clean up.
Once you have installed the software, do the following to run FastX:
- Launch FastX from the folder where you saved it.
- 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.)
- Enter the password for your Yale netID and click "OK". A "Start a new
session" entry will appear in the FastX window.
- 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.
The "GNOME" option does not work at present, but you can click on
"gnome-session-custom-session" to get a usable GNOME classic desktop.
When the "Please Select a Custom Session to Run" box appears, click
If that option is not available:
- Choose the "+ New" option.
- Enter the command "gnome-session-custom-session", click the
"Desktop (with size)" radio button, and click the "OK" button.
- When the "Please Select a Custom Session to Run" box appears,
click on "Continue".
If "MATE" is not an option, choose "mate-session (Desktop)" instead.
If neither is available:
- Choose the "+ New" option.
- Enter the command "mate-session", click the "Desktop (with size)"
radio button, and click the "OK" button.
- 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.
- 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