Accessing the Zoo from Windows Using FastX

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

To install the software on your own Windows machine:

  1. Go to the Yale Software Library and click on "Windows".
  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 follow the instructions for installing the software.
  5. Launch FastX.
  6. Click on the green + sign in the upper left-hand corner of the FastX window. In the new window that appears:
  7. Double click on the "Zoo" entry.
  8. 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.
  9. Quit FastX.
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.
  2. Double click on the "Zoo" entry. A "Password" box will appear.
  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. 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 X in the upper right-hand corner.

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

Last updated 09/03/15